18th June 2014

From The Inside Out! 

“Grace be with you all.”
Titus 3:15 (NIV)
 

Hey Christians—the world is watching us! They want to see if faith makes a difference to friendships, marriages, parenting, home life, and of course the single most important thing that they are looking for—is it making a difference to us. Are we being transformed from the inside out? Are we reflecting the love, kindness, long-suffering, compassion and all the beautiful traits of the nature of Jesus? 

Titus 2:11-13 tells us, “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 Saviour, Jesus Christ.” Paul’s short but beautiful letter to Titus, whom he calls “My true son in our common faith,” (Chapter 1:4), is all about living a godly, loving, transformed life. Not because we have all of these beautiful qualities in ourselves but because God has stepped into our lives and cleaned us up, as he goes on to say in Titus 3:4-7 (Phillips): “But when the kindness and love of God our saviour dawned upon us, He saved us in his mercy—not by virtue of any moral achievement of ours, but by the cleansing power of a new birth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit, which he poured upon us through Jesus Christ our Saviour. The result is that we are acquitted by his grace, and can look forward in hope to inheriting life eternal.” 

This letter to Titus shows the impact of such a transformation—leaders who are hospitable, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined, with godly family lives.  Wise older men who are worthy of respect, sound in faith, love and endurance, who teach younger men by their good example.  Reverent older women who encourage younger women to be loving and kind, with well-run homes.  Loyal employees who can be relied on for their integrity. All this change is produced by the indwelling of the nature of God, through his Spirit—lest we should boast! 

Please read this amazing letter from beginning to end; and perhaps in several translations to get the full impact of what Paul is urging us to become in order to be “The light of the world!” Remember, the world is watching us! 

Prayer
Lord, fill us with your presence and allow us to become blazing lights wherever we go, reflecting your glory to the praise of our Father.
Amen 

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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