Words from the Heart for Thursday December 12th, 2019

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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 appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,…

Titus 2:11-13a (NIV)

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Hope

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People need hope. It’s what gets us up each day and gets us moving. Hope gives us a spring in our step, even in the midst of the worst that life can throw at us. It helps us look beyond our current circumstances to something much better. For the Christian, there is one great hope that keeps us motivated and godly. Paul speaks of it in Titus 2:11-13a: “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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 appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,…” God offers salvation to all people, and when we accept His gift of eternal life, His grace continues – giving us the power to say “No” to those things that would pull us back into sin. Not only does it empower us to not go back to the past, but it keeps our focus on the future – on the return of Jesus – and this spurs us on to good works and good living. Keep looking up.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley