Paul had given Titus authority, but this does not mean Titus will win every argument. In fact, Paul’s advice is to simply stay out of some arguments. Having power does not mean we have to control everything, the wise leader knows when to walk away.
Walking away is hard to do, because we all want to be right, we all want to win. Even in issues of unity, which is so important to the Body of Christ, Paul teaches Titus to rebuke twice, then to leave the person alone (a form of punishment), because they will not listen. This preserves unity, because the leader is not incessantly fighting with someone who had their own agenda.
To lead is not to win every fight, it is to serve Christ and do great things with Him.
9Do 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. 10If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. 11For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.
Paul’s Final Remarks and Greetings
12I am planning to send either Artemas or Tychicus to you. As soon as one of them arrives, do your best to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to stay there for the winter. 13Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos with their trip. See that they are given everything they need. 14Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.
15Everybody here sends greetings. Please give my greetings to the believers—all who love us.
May God’s grace be with you all.