Mark 9:50 ‘Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.’
In Mark 9 we have several things going on that seem entirely unrelated from first glance. Jesus ends up in verse 50 tying it all together.
It first starts in verse 16 when Jesus sees the disciples arguing with the people in the crowd, and Jesus finds out and asks
‘What are you arguing with them about?’ he asked. (Mark 9:16)
Later on we find the disciples again at it with each other, Jesus again asked,
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
The first situation was with the outside world the second was with themselves, if we continue to read we find a third incidence happens when the disciples try to stop someone who is not a part of their group.
‘Teacher,’ said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. ( Mark 9:38-41)
We as believers can find ourselves also doing the same things, arguing with non believers instead of sharing the gospel, arguing among ourselves in our congregations, or attacking other believers in other churches.
We should always seek to be unified and spread the good news instead of quarreling!
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