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Titus 3:9-15

9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Final Instructions and Greetings

12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.

15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.

Grace be with you all.

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Paul offers Titus one more word of warning to "avoid foolish controversies." The lay of the land was scattered about with legalists stirring up division, quarreling over the law, warped & self-condemned. Rebuke once, then twice, but if they do not heed, "have nothing more to do with them."

The apostle concludes with instruction about who is to visit & when. In the interim, rather than mere people of wind & word, Christian brethren ought to be put to action, learning to devote themselves to good works, helping those in urgent need, bearing fruit to honor God.

For all of this, Paul recognizes their need for His grace to be with them all.

application

When was the last time you won an argument that glorified God?