How Should We Live?

TODAY’S VERSE
“And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”
Titus 2:11-14

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes we lose focus. It is easy to get distracted and forget what life is really about. We get our priorities mixed up. However, in today’s passage Paul makes it quite simple. He instructs us to “turn from living out godless and sinful pleasures.” Paul calls them pleasures so it can be a difficult choice to turn away. However, he reminds us that they are godless and sinful pleasures so the end never justifies the means. Instead, we are to live in this world with hope, wisdom, righteous living and a devotion to God. But how can we do this? How can we possibility resist godless and sinful pleasures and live with hope, wisdom, righteous living and devotion to God? There is only one way. Paul ends this passage with the answer. He writes, “Christ Himself gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” What glorious provision. What a mighty plan. Today let this be your reality. Let this thought permeate everything you do, “God loves you so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and resurrect from the dead so you could be free from every kind of sin, totally cleansed and committed to doing good deeds.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for the hope, wisdom and righteousness that You give me. Thank You for freeing me from every kind of sin and totally cleansing me. Help me today to turn from godless and sinful pleasures and devote myself to You and the good deeds You created me for. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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One thought on “How Should We Live?”

  1. “Christ Himself gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”

    I remember those days when my father would instruct me to do something properly. No matter what he said to me, I wanted to do what he’d said…but differently. For example, he would tell me to swing the golf club this way or that to accomplish something successful with that silly white ball. As I stood there, pondering the illusion of my greatness, I rared back and with one monster swing I would nip the ball some 12 inches to the right of the tee. My focus was on accomplishing, you might say, something which was really nothing, godless.

    My father never shouted at me or spoke a word of disgrace toward me. When futher instruction never panned out, he would leave me to my efforts and press on with his own practices at the driving range. He resorted to just showing me by example for what it was he was trying to say.

    While my golf game was not of legendary status, I did learn to finish an 18 hole round of golf satisfied I had participated in my life through a silly game of chasing a white ball. All the frustration my efforts at trying to be good were solved by believing I AM good.

    How?

    I watched the game (of life) as my dad played it. Life is about learning how truly great we are despite the illusions (or godless thoughts) we might have of ourselves that leaves the ball a foot from the tee. Failures are just mistakes; life lessons helping us to know how beautiful we really are.

    Like Jesus, my father’s life helped me to recognize (in me) my ability to love deeply and well so that others might know the same to be true of them.

    AngllHugnU2
    Author of IM with God

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