For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 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.
Written by: Patty Esposito
Jonah is so much like me that it hurts sometimes. Instead of trusting and obeying God, I—like Jonah—want to run. I think, “If I can get away with it, no one will be disappointed in me.”
Sin takes us farther away from God. We run because we’re embarrassed, and we try to hide. We think we won’t be found out. How foolish we are! God sees it all. In fact, sin hurts Him so much that He has to look away. If only we would learn to run to God instead of away from Him. How much better would life be? His arms are full of forgiveness, healing, comfort, love, direction, and wisdom.
C.S. Lewis said, “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” Even though we, like Jonah, will face situations that bring us fear or are painful, God will bring us to the other side and redeem our mistakes. Hallelujah!
What I once was, I no longer am. I am blameless and free from accusation. I am forgiven, loved, and a child of the most high King. I have been sanctified and redeemed because of what Jesus did for me.
Thought of the day: Is there any part of your life where you are running away from God when you should be running to Him?
Prayer: Father, help me live in a way that not only pleases You, but also shows the world You are my God, redeemer, and savior. Help me to run to You instead of trying to hide from You when I make a mistake, knowing You are the one who washes and purifies me.