#246 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Titus 3: 9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
Just as often as not no one wins an argument. Peace is shattered. Tensions remain sometimes for hours, sometimes for days, sometimes so long that no one remembers what started the argument in the first place. We are all gifted or cursed with a type of personality, and how we respond to other personalities often becomes the chemistry which leads to confrontation and dissension.
Should we all agree all the time? Should we develop skills for reasonable discussion? Probably. It is well here to know how you will respond to other folks. The words from James ring pretty loudly in my head at this point. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (1:19)
There are ways in which we can know and understand one another, but first we must know and understand ourselves. For example, being a man, and being somewhat advanced in years I do not take instruction or remonstrance very well. I should know, therefore when in discussion with a person who is frequently unnecessarily didactic that I should be determined to keep my peace and not waste my time trying to correct whatever faulty thinking they may be expressing. Rather, I should pray that the Holy Spirit would bring the enlightening needed and if prompted by that same Spirit then, to open my mouth. This is hard training, but it will result in a serenity heretofore unknown.