But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned. Titus 3:9-11; Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. 14-15
I had to add verses 14 and 15 so this we could end on a positive note. Paul says some conversations are going to be unproductive in terms of building the kingdom of God. Its not always easy to see at the front end. Conflict and questions can lead to understanding of God’s Word and His ways. But, certain topics and motives can simply be divisive. A better use of time is to do good and meet practical needs. Then the conversations along the way will almost always be productive.
How do I spend my time? Am I involved in silly conversations or real and deep explorations of what it is to live life in Christ and within His body, the church? Do I know the difference?
God, thank you that many have been patient with me as I am growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Help me be a source to those who want to see the kingdom of God grow, in themselves and in our world. Protect my time so I can be productive for You.