What is different about him? He’s not as grouchy. What has changed in her? She smiles more!
When God finally got total control of my life, life took on new meaning and became a different place to live and grow. My thinking changed so my behavior began to transform and is still transforming by the grace of God in me. I look back at the troubles I brought on myself by my own behaviors and revel in God’s work in me. He’s still got a lot of work left to do in me but I’m closer to Him than yesterday.
What is your testimony of what God, through Jesus our Advocate, is doing in you?
When God steps in and guides our thinking to higher places where HE resides in His thinking, life is different. We have a new perspective about life that helps us see others through the eyes of Jesus instead of only our own eyes. Our hearts become more tender to others’ stories about their journey which leads us to pray for them more lovingly and compassionately. Speaking of love, knowing Jesus loves us so much and so deeply, he went to hell and back again for our sin, our love for others runs deeper still.
We live this life together. The Only Way to live life together well, in the most excellent way, is knowing, believing, realizing Jesus’ deep, out of this world love for each of us. Living well means following Jesus who is Life, Love, Truth, the Redeemer of all Sin, the One sent to show us the Love of God, the Father! Jesus is The Only Way to real Life. Quarrels cease and become unimportant when we focus on Jesus!
Paul is relating to Titus how we come together as brothers and sisters all because of Jesus the One and Only who reconciled our relationship to God first and then to each other. All because of Jesus. We can count on Jesus!! Jesus is our Hope forever!
These words bring new life and excitement with expectation this morning. I will meditate on this passage in Paul’s letter all day long;
“…when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.
Titus 3, The Message
He Put Our Lives Together
1-2 Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous.
3-8 It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, easy marks for sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.
8-11 I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone. Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code. That gets you nowhere. Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with him. It’s obvious that such a person is out of line, rebellious against God. By persisting in divisiveness he cuts himself off.
12-13 As soon as I send either Artemas or Tychicus to you, come immediately and meet me in Nicopolis. I’ve decided to spend the winter there. Give Zenas the lawyer and Apollos a hearty send-off. Take good care of them.
14 Our people have to learn to be diligent in their work so that all necessities are met (especially among the needy) and they don’t end up with nothing to show for their lives.
15 All here want to be remembered to you. Say hello to our friends in the faith. Grace to all of you.
May all our attention, focus and gaze be on You today. When you step in, peace comes. Right in the middle of troubles, you step in and change our perspective and thinking. When you step in, love in us becomes greater still! When you step in, new life begins! For all of who you are in me, I give you praise. I am grateful to know you and follow you in a humbled, intimate relationship with You. Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, For Your glory, Amen! Yes, I believe!