Mark 2:23-28 From Situation to Principle
23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” (English Standard Version)
Taking a conversation to the next level requires a person to not avoid tough topics, nor to talk around them, but rather to take them head on. That’s only step one. Step two involves initiating a conversation about a principle, as opposed to the occurrence or situation. Often times you can do as Jesus did in the circumstance found in Mark 2:23-28; He referred to a familiar situation that justified the application of a certain principle that also worked as a justification for a current situation. By getting the person to buy-in to the principle, it diminishes their argument about the situation. Jesus raised the level of this conversation by moving away from a circumstance, and towards a principle. In doing so He left us all with something to think about.
When you leave a room, leave them with something to think about