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Wisdom from Titus 3

I was reading last week through my daily Bible passages and found myself in Titus 3.  Now, I have read this chapter over and over, but this time something struck me.

Here's a little background on the Letter to Titus.  Paul was the author and was writing to a Gentile convert named Titus.  Titus had previously served as a partner with Paul in his journeys and even served with him for a time in Corinth.  In approximately AD 6364, sometime after they left Timothy behind in Ephesus, Paul and Titus traveled on to Crete.  After a brief visit Paul then left Titus behind to help provide leadership for the Cretan churches.  Subsequently the apostle wrote this letter and had it delivered to Titus.

Now, my belief is that even though the writings are thousands of years old in the Bible, they are more than history.  They have modern-day applications.  The principles are timeless and are valuable to the church and to the modern believer.

Paul's theme throughout this letter was the grace of God.  However, some believers were missing this key teaching, just like today.  So often in today's religious circles and churches a legalistic system begins to develop.  When this happens, the mission is forgotten.  I believe it's the Enemy's tactic - to have us focus on things other than the main thing (i.e. the Great Commission and Great Commandment.)

So, here I am reading Titus 3 and I came across this passage. . .

9But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. 11You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

It was as if God was saying to me "You can get so bogged down in debating the minutia of life and miss the point.  Don't do this!  Don't waste your time.  Don't become a divisive person.  BTW - here's how you deal with divisive people."  Wow!  Burning bush?  Maybe.  Definitely a powerful passage.  Let me know what you think of when you read this passage.  Leave a comment.

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