Don’t Waste Your Time Arguing

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Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives ’ tales. 1 Timothy 4:7

This is a lesson that has been very hard for me.  If someone says “I unthawed the meat,” I would immediately go into a strong and maybe a little mean explanation of why unthawed is improper and you should say thaw.  If they disagree I would be like a dog with a bone.  If someone said Saturday was the sabbath or women have to wear skirts and dresses, I would grab my Bible and find verses that would surely impress them that they were wrong.  This is arguing over Godless ideas and old wives’ tales.   Not Godless as in sinful, but just not what God wants us to focus on.   We are to rest on the seventh day and keep it holy.  I honestly believe that God is much more interested in how we spend the Sabbath thanking and praising Him, than in whether it is Saturday or Sunday.   If you always have your Sabbath on the same day, it will be your 7th day.  Do you dress as a woman if you’re a woman?   The Bible does say you should,  but it doesn’t say a dress or skirt.  When the Bible was written men wore a dress like garment.   Does it matter to God when you kneel in prayer whether a woman has on a skirt or a dress or pants?   I don’t think so.  And arguing with someone who is convinced she must wear skirts and dresses is wasting your time.   Let her dress as she feels is appropriate for her.   Arguing is a waste of time.

A few verses down, Paul also writes: This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.  1 Timothy 10-11

Here then it’s where our focus should be, on God and his saving power, how He wants to save all people.   We just won’t have enough time to focus on this,  if we are wasting out time arguing.

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