But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned. Titus 3:9-11 NKJV
There is a time to retreat. The Bible teaches we are not to engage is foolish disputes. That tells me I am to over look things that would trigger a foolish dispute. Some examples might be:
- Perhaps someone is putting the dishes away in the wrong spot, rather than correct them and cause contention, I am to let it go.
- Someone is working on a project and you see there is a better way to do it. You want to inform them to do it your way. Rather than impress your way on them, you hold your tongue and allow them to finish the project on their own.
There is a time to reject someone who obviously is not willing to follow God’s commands. If after you’ve attempted to bring them back to the Lord through godly admonishment and they still refuse to turn from their ways, we are called to “release” them. Stop going after them. Let them run their own course, keeping them prayer and in time, they may see the error of their way.
In 1 Corinthians 5:13 NKJV Paul admonishes the church to “put away from yourselves the evil person.” He was speaking of a man in the church who was in obvious sin. I think this verse goes well with today’s Scripture. We are to reject the decisive man, who chooses to walk contrary to the Lord. Don’t linger and potentially enter into to foolish discussions. Separate your self from such a one, for bad company corrupts good character.
Lord, thank You for Your Word and Your Spirit who leads us into all truth. Enable us to seek more of You and obey Your commands out of a heart of love, longing to please You. Help us know when to retreat rather than go after someone for Your sake. Lead us day by day. In Jesus name, Amen.