Q is for Quarrel
I have previously been using the online dictionary but I am going to use my Webster’s Desk dictionary to define quarrel.
- an angry dispute or fight with words.
- a cause of dispute.
- to disagree angrily.
- to dispute angrily.
- to make a complaint
I think all of us at one time or another have been involved in a quarrel. A quarrel is usually a little more heated than a disagreement. It usually involves anger and hurt feelings. Unfortunately it also happens in churches, which can cause a split between the members. Sometimes misunderstandings are at the root of a quarrel.
‘Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.’ Matthew 5:25-26
I think Jesus is trying to tell us to take care of our differences quickly before it causes more trouble for us. We need to get things right with our fellow man before we stand before God.
‘Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.’ Matthew 18:15-17
There are proper ways to handle disagreements in church and we have a guidebook to follow.
until next time…nel