Avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness (see note 2 Timothy 2:16).
In both Titus 3:8 and 2 Timothy 2:16 periistemi is a command in the present imperative which calls for a continual action on the part of Titus and Timothy.
Charles Spurgeon's devotional on Titus 3:9...
Our days are few, and are far better spent in doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. The old schoolmen did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our Churches suffer much from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions.
- Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?
- Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind?
- Am I walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit?
- Am I growing in grace?
- Does my conversation adorn the doctrine of God my Saviour?
- Am I looking for the coming of the Lord, and watching as a servant should do who expects his master?
- What more can I do for Jesus?
Such enquiries as these urgently demand our attention; and if we have been at all given to cavilling, let us now turn our critical abilities to a service so much more profitable. Let us be peace-makers, and endeavour to lead others both by our precept and example, to "avoid foolish questions." (Morning and evening)
Today, I say.....Just Give Me Jesus....in His presence all comes together and I live in peace and joy!!!