Mark 9:16 – (related to Question #28 – Matthew 17:14-18) – “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. NIV
As Jesus, Peter, James, and John get near the bottom of the mountain where the transfiguration occurred, they see a large crowd around the rest of the disciples arguing with some teachers of the laws. Jesus asks, “What are you arguing with them about?”
It turns out that they are arguing with the teachers of the law about not being able to heal a man’s son that was demon possessed. Who knows what they were saying to each other. They were probably telling each other why they had failed and that their way was a better way to deal with the situation. Whatever their argument with each other, the boy remained unhealed. The boy’s father came up to Jesus and explained the situation.
Jesus chewed out the disciples for their lack of faith (see Question #28 – Matthew 17:14-18 for more on this). He then proceeded to talk with the father and eventually healed the boy. This question however raises some questions for me especially the argumentative spirit within me.
When I get frustrated with someone or something, do I get irritated, blaming, and argumentative rather than pushing on to seek a solution or resolution to the situation? How much wasted energy do I expend arguing with others? What is the source of my desire to be right or to prove my point? Do I value being right over relationships? Do I value relationships over truth? What instances have I seen of people within the Body of Christ arguing when somethings doesn’t work out as desired?