Word Fights   2 comments

what are word for?

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“Keep reminding them of these things.  Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.” (2 Timothy 2:14; NIV)

This was a verse in my morning devotions today.  As I read this verse it made me think about churches and those who are a part of the churches.  I thought about how often it is because of quarreling over words that divisions occur in the life of the Church.  People often justify these quarrels by stating that they are trying to keep us faithful to the Lord.   However, I think that the truth is found in the desire to keep the Church in line with their own thoughts.

Words have a very amazing power.  They can be used to build up or to tear down.  They can be used to communicate support or dislike.  Words can cut through a person’s sense of worth or they can mend many cuts.

In addition to the surface meaning and use of words, there are those underlying meanings and motivations.  A word at face value may communicate something different from the intended underlying meaning of the word.  Sometimes we can trip over a word and not grasp the meaning of the sentence, paragraph or complete writing.

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, I think that what he is trying to communicate is the importance of not placing so much value on the actual words but instead placing value on the underlying meanings.  I tell many people how important it is for us to look at Scripture and seek to grasp the main message and meaning instead of getting caught up in specific words.

Maybe if we spent less time arguing about specific words and more time striving to live out the intended message, we would see less division, regain wasted energy, and do a better job of representing the Lord’s purpose.  Let’s stop the word fights.


2 responses to “Word Fights

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  1. Thank you for this thoughtful exposition!
    I was happy to read your lines.

  2. Hey there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the excellent work!

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