SCRIPTURE: 1 Tim. 5-6; Tit. 1-3
I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone. Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code. That gets you nowhere. Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with him. It’s obvious that such a person is out of line, rebellious against God. By persisting in divisiveness he cuts himself off.
OBSERVATIONS: This passage is often used as a proof-text for ending relationships. Today, it is a chastening rod and a measure by which I am to reflect on my own actions and statement.
APPLICATION: Joey, you’ve had your share of mindless, pointless quarrels. Remember to put your foot down on solid ground. This is the job. This is your required task. Let the rest of it SLIDE.
PRAYER: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Through Christ I ask it, and for His sake, Amen.
Author: Joey Reed
Joey is married to his best friend. Together, they have two children and live in Jackson, Tennessee. Joey serves Grace United Methodist Church, the Jackson District, the Memphis Annual Conference, and the world is his parish.