I was on a Christian Site recently and noticed that after a beautiful and encouraging devotion about the importance of finding ways to strengthen and build relationships with one another . . . several of the commenters had turned their interactions with others into ugly debates about a current political issue.
I can’t help but wonder what the world thinks when the family of Christ behaves like that.
Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t have opinions or even share them. But I am saying that how we share them is truly important.
Paul closed his letter to Titus with a reminder to focus on what’s truly important.
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.Titus 3:3
The enemy of our souls wants to divide us . . . but God has given us something better. The Good News about Jesus is important enough to unite us even when we’re surrounded by divisiveness.
But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.Titus 3:4–6
By God’s grace, you and I are completely forgiven. All our sins are washed away. We have been given NEW LIFE and a new way to live.
I believe that is why Paul added…
Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.Titus 3:9–10
The LAB Notes add:
Paul is warning against petty quarrels, not honest discussions that lead to wisdom. If foolish arguments develop it is best to turn the discussion back in a helpful direction or politely excuse yourself.
The anonymity of online discussions and arguments makes it easy to lash out and leave. But we must remember we are always witnessing.
We have the BEST NEWS EVER to share . . . news about GOD’S LOVE. News about JESUS. News about LIFE—real and satisfying!
Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.Titus 3:7
Why would we ever want to waste time on foolish divisive quarrels when we can focus on what’s truly important for life today and life forever . . . for you and me, and for everyone who trusts and loves the Lord Jesus.
A Prayer to Avoid Quarrels and Focus On the Truly Important
Father, once again, I come to you asking for forgiveness. It is so easy for me to become distracted by the noise of arguing differing opinions. And often, I can get sucked into those arguments thinking I need to share my thoughts as well.
But Lord, You ask me to focus on the things that matter for eternity. You ask me to focus on Jesus. Help us care more about our relationships than winning arguments. Help me focus on building up than on tearing down. Help me share Your Truth with gentleness and respect. Help me love like Jesus the One who is truly important. The One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The One who is my Lord and Savior . . . who blesses my life today, tomorrow, and forever. Thank you, Father. Your love overwhelms me. May it always be the ONE THING I make TRULY IMPORTANT. Amen.
It’s kind of funny, isn’t it?
We get so agitated and wrapped up in those foolish discussions . . . the things that don’t really matter in for our eternal futures.
We are called to a better life now, one that does God’s will. Repents over failure and focuses on the things that build and strengthen relationships.
I promise you . . . it will bless you and give you more peace in your life, too.
Oh, and if you and I feel the need to share our opinions on things that are temporary . . . we should do all we can to share them in ways that are kind, encouraging, and helpful.
Because when we call ourselves Christians, we are always representing Christ.
On today’s note write:
With God’s help, I will focus on and talk about things that are truly important.
May God bless you today and give you His peace when you are distracted by divisive opinions and conversations.
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