I love the book of Titus. As I was reading through it this morning I was reminded that it has such good instruction for everyday faith-filled living, while also providing rich treasure truths about God’s character, as well as His will for His own. Whenever I dig into a book of the Bible I always read it from beginning to end first, and that’s not a chore with the short book of Titus. It’s not a fuzzy feel read, it meddles with you, but I need that. We all do. He does that because He loves us. The same amazing grace that saved us stoops down to us in the everyday, teaching us how to live as we eagerly wait for Him to appear and take us Home.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14
“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.” Titus 3:3-8
Oh, how I love a good teacher. None better than Grace Himself. Faith-filled living is a process, but He is a patient and merciful God who will stay very near to us throughout it, faithful to do the work as we submit to Him…all the way to Glory. Thank You, Jesus.
“The key to freedom is to keep depending on grace. But what is grace? Grace is the powerful work of God which he exerts freely for you in your present life. You’ve heard the acronym: G.R.A.C.E.—God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. That is excellent. But to remind us that grace is also God’s action for now, here is another acronym: G.R.A.C.E.—God’s Rescuing And Caring Exertion.” John Piper
On a personal note, I wanted to say thanks for your prayers for yesterday’s blog talk radio program interview with Lisa Shaw. I was blessed and humbled to be a part of it, and I pray God was glorified with all that was spoken. It stays in the archives so if you want to have a listen, head over to her radio channel:
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