BIBLE READING: Titus 2: 1 - 10 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.9 Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
What does this passage mean to you?
BLOG: We deal with the past, present, and future. For several reasons, we can end up living in the past. We can be afraid of the present, and while we have high hopes for our future, we doubt the outcome.
Don't live in the past. It denies you the joy of living in the present and your hope for your future. You have to ask yourself if the past is worth giving up your future for? If you allow something from your past to become more significant than God, you may need some professional help from a Christian leader or counselor of some type. Unshackle yourself from your past.
Don't live in fear. It steals your joy. Love, joy, and peace, and beautiful friends to have in your life. But fear is jealous and has no intention of sharing any room in your heart with them. You have to allow perfect love to change your heart.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
God's love has forgiven you. Your faith pursues a repentant, humble, relationship with Him daily. When you do that, you accept His love, joy, and peace into your heart. Now, what would your day be like if you did that?
Your future is bright! As a dimly lit lightbulb? What? Most people believe that God has a great future for them; they are just confident that they will mess it up somehow. Your God is bigger than your mistakes. While you don't want to throw caution to the wind, you have to believe in the impossible. What is that you ask? God can do great things with your life.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to get my past, present, and future under Your will. AMEN