Scripture Reading: Titus 3:11-15
Key Verse: Titus 3:10
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.
Webster describes “divisive” as the act of dividing and causing disagreement. Attractive relationships are impossible for a divisive person. Unfortunately, very few divisive people realize or admit that they are divisive. They cause divisions but, usually, blame others for the trouble. If a divisive person isn’t in the “blame game,” then they, often, simply justify their part in the trouble — believing it had to be done.
The answer to this dilemma, according to the Apostle Paul, is for someone in that person’s life to step up with loving courage and warn that person. Having a face-to-face talk, sharing the truth about their divisive ways, is a very hard thing. But watching a person destroy one relationship after another is a hard thing as well. With God’s love and wisdom, sometimes, we must confront people with their sinful ways. Divisiveness is a “sinful way!”
Ultimately, the apostle tells us that we may have to “part ways” with a divisive person. If enough people tell a person they are causing hurt feelings, hopefully, they will finally see it, admit it, confess it and be restored to attractive relationships! If the message just doesn’t get through, the scripture instructs us to stop associating with a divisive person! The hope is, in their loneliness, they will get a dose of reality and realize it is them who is causing the trouble!
Father, I want my eyes to be open to any divisive ways within me. Show me my sin and I will repent. In Jesus’ Name, amen.