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Stay Spiritually Fit and Healthy — Until You Are Dead! Part 8

17 Oct

We are asking the question, how do we become and stay spiritually fit in the Lord?  And the little epistle of Titus has much to teach us on this topic.  Let’s look at the next to last section of Titus 3 this morning:

Just as there are fast foods that we are to avoid — if we want to become physically healthy — so there are things that are detrimental to the believer’s spiritual health.  Some of those things are “foolish controversies” and “genealogies” and “quarrels about the law.”  Why are we to avoid these?  The answer is simple: “these are unprofitable and useless” (v. 9).

Not only topics, but some people are injurious to our spiritual health.  We are to deal directly with those who are divisive.  In fact, we are told to warn that person once, then a second time, then to “have nothing to do with them” (v. 10).  Wow!  How narrow-minded and “un-Christian”!  Nope.  Scripture says that such people “are warped and sinful and self-condemned” (v. 11)!

Minutes and hours wasted on useless arguments are minutes and hours lost, never to be recovered.  And there are some people that are negative and disruptive and detrimental to the people of God.  They are to be warned — twice! — then avoided.

So spiritual health is not only what we eat and how we exercise.  It is also what we should not “chew on” and people we should not spend time with.  Some topics are not worth our time.  And some people, especially those who are divisive, ought to be corrected and, if necessary, cut off from the people of God.  (to be continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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4 responses to “Stay Spiritually Fit and Healthy — Until You Are Dead! Part 8

  1. wakemyear

    October 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    How much is covered in foolish controversies, genealogies and quarrels about the law? When I am wrong, I would like someone to explain with Scripture what is wrong and explain more clearly the right just like that delightful couple did for Apollos privately. A situation came up in a group setting where something was said that denied an eternal quality of GOD. HIS perfect knowledge. It was said by the leaders that HE had made something too small so continually has to (presence tense) remake it. I mentioned HIS complete knowledge. They scoffed and said the Bible backed up what they said. They wanted to talk more in front of the group but the Scripture about harming the hearers from 2 Timothy 2 came to mind so I said not here. Let’s talk later. How should that type of situation be handled? To me they were bad mouthing GOD saying HE didn’t know what HE was doing. My faith rests in Who HE is.

     
    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      October 18, 2018 at 5:43 am

      Mrs. Manning, it sounds like you dealt appropriately with the situation. How was it resolved? Blessings. Larry

       
      • wakemyear

        October 18, 2018 at 6:59 am

        It wasn’t.

         
  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    October 18, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Sorry to hear that. Thank you for wanting to speak truth. Blessings. Larry

     

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