But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
Paul is very clear with how to discipline and deal with people who are divisive. Confront them twice, and then protect the community from them if they refuse to listen. Paul is clear in saying this because he wants to underscore how to treat those who do not and will not respond to Godly correction. They are not to be given the same position of authority and influence as others, this will damage the community.
I’m reminded of many conversations which remind me of how many people hate confrontation. Yet Paul encourages us to take part in it. If we do not lovingly confront others who are being divisive and hurtful then we, inadvertently, are hurting the community ourselves by our silence. What does it look like for you to confront others in love for the sake of the Gospel?
Father, help me to know how to have loving conversations that will point towards you and restoration of the wider community. Amen.