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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.
Remember that St Paul was writing to a very close and loyal associate. In fact, he called Titus “My True Son in Our Common Faith” (1:4a). Titus was Paul’s personal representative to the newly birthed churches throughout Asia Minor. Paul told Titus, “Any person who is ‘DIVISIVE,’ in any of our churches, must be warned once, warned a second time and then have nothing to do with them!”
The definition of the word di-vi-sive is: “Something that tends to cause arguments or hostility among people.” Recently, one of our associates here in Miami attended a statewide leadership summit. He was one of forty young men chosen for this opportunity. One of the keynote presenters said, “There are three kinds of employees: Engaged, Not Engaged, and Actively Disengaged. To be ‘Actively Disengaged’ is to be so miserable on the job that an individual undermines fellow employees and sabotages projects.” That’s what the Apostle Paul called … “DIVISIVE!” There is NO WAY a successful business can be built, and certainly NO Church can be built, with “DIVISIVE” people. Jesus said “If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Mt. 18:19b). In other words, there is great power when people agree together; and conversely there is great destruction when a room is filled with those who are “DIVISIVE!” A family that is unified can literally change their community. A church that is unified can actually change the world. In order to be united, the dividers need to GO! Warn them once, warn them twice, and then have nothing to do with them. It sounds tough, but the consequences if this remedy goes unheeded are sometimes insurmountable.
I ask this AM that you would help me put on my hobnail boots. I want to stomp out DISUNITY wherever I find it! With Your help, I will be a Uniter not a Divider. Amen