The two verses we are discussing today are taken from the New International Readers’ Version, designed to make more sense to kids. This is the version my kids are memorizing because the NIV says “stupid” and my kids aren’t allowed to say that, so they were happier with this version. This verse comes directly before the verse I blogged about on Day 5. But it relates well to the verses we were discussing on Days 6 and 7. If the verses so far have left any doubt, this surely does not. “Don’t have anything to do with arguing. It is dumb and foolish.” Well, okay then.
This verse is not fun. Instead of just telling you not to fight, it makes you look into yourself, look at your heart. I don’t know about you, but often when I do that, I find that I don’t like what I see. This makes sense in light of the verses admonishing us to drop our quarrels. If, in fact, our fights and arguments are based upon sinful longings, then we out to be willing and in fact eager to take each opportunity to take captive those thoughts and yearnings and drop whatever is causing divisive, sinful feelings.