Avoiding Strife

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Daily Reading: 2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34, Romans 9:25-10:13, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 20:2-3

Daily Verse: “It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.” Prov. 20:2

Avoiding Strife.

Not engaging in “in-house debates” helps me avoid strife. I define these arguments as theological arguments that don’t have conclusive scriptural answers.

For instance, eschatology, end times debates have four distinctive perspectives: Amillennialism, Postmillennialism, Historic Premillennialism, and Dispensationalism. People spend a lot of time arguing over these different viewpoints, but I don’t because of Matthew 24:36:

“But no one knows the day or the hour. No! Not even the angels in heaven know. The Son does not know. Only the Father knows.”

Only God knows the answer to the end times debate. The Great Commandment calls us to love God and others, not argue over when Jesus will return. And so, I choose to avoid strife by focusing on obeying the Lord’s commandment and not engaging in debates that have no answers.

Obeying the Great Commandment focuses our attention on God, helps us honor Him, and avoid strife by putting love first.

Lord, thank You for giving us clear direction on what we should do with our lives. Help us love You and others well, avoiding strife and fulfilling our life mission. IJNIP. Amen

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