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)