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Titus 3

Mention the plan of salvation and typically Romans or John comes to mind, not Titus. But it's there (Titus 3:3-8). I never get tired of reading about God's mercy and grace, and, funny thing, it was just what I needed this morning. You see a friend of the family recently found out that he has cancer and is very ill in the hospital. Thankfully, he and his family are strong Christians. As I've spent time with them over the last week or so, their complete trust in the Lord is so evident. So when I read Titus 3:7 which says "being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" I immediately thought of them.

So what does it mean for you to have hope or confidence that you will inherit eternal life? How can we fully embrace this incredible promise in whatever our situation is today? Tami W.

P.S. I'd sure appreciate your prayers today for my friend in the hospital battling cancer. His name is Joe and I know he would appreciate your prayers as well.

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Good reminder that the salvation message is throughout the Bible, not just in the Gospels. With the current state of our country today, though, I want to know what you do when "doing whatever is good" contradicts being "subject to rulers and authorities"?

Prayed for Joe. My brother-in-law also battling cancer. Bile duct tumor. Please pray for him [name removed for privacy].

A Happy and properous New Year to each and everyone ,i pray that this year you will be filled up with more of God and that you will stay in his word and grow thereby.For me having a lively hope of inheriting eternal life in a world of hopelessness keeps me going.As i was on my way home this morning coming from watchnight service and i saw people enjoying themselves on the street in a life of sin , i found myself giving God thanks because i was once like them but grace and mercy rewrote my life and i now have free access to eternal life as long as i do those things pleasing unto God, i also know that God can save them too according to Titus 2v11.No matter what comes my way i can embrace this promise because God cannot lie Titus 1v2 .I have prayed for Joe,according to his faith and our faith in a God that said "is there anything too hard for me to do?"Jeremiah 32v27, Hebrews11v6, isaiah 53v5 let us now put all our trust and confidence in him that he will do according to his amazing grace and his perfect will. Gods richest blessings be to you all.

Faith, i have prayed for your brother-in-law, know that God is able and that he knows all things . God is still in the healing business!

Hello, Happy New Years To All
Hope&Confidence to me means building that faith relationship with our Heavenly Father. So we can stand on his words and be ready for all circumstances. Praying for the ones battling cancer.

Faith,

Thanks for your comments the last couple of days and for letting us know about your brother-in-law. Cancer is so nasty. Wanted to let you know that I've been praying for your brother-in-law and will continue to do so right along with the prayers for my friend Joe. Tami W.

Faith, I'd like to comment on your question.

Sometimes our leaders ask (or require) us to do things we don't like. We may not like paying taxes or driving within a certain speed limit along some stretch of highway. That's when Romans 13:1 applies: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."

There are other times when a person's leaders order them to do something that is directly opposed to God's Word. That's when we say with Peter and the other apostles, "We must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).

Unfortunately, life is sometimes not that black and white. For example, what do we do if a portion of our tax dollars is used to fund abortions? I believe in those situations we follow the example of Jesus and the apostles. In their day, many social evils existed with slavery being the greatest. They had to pay taxes to the Roman government that used a portion of that money to support a trade in human flesh. But we find no public rallies or marches against paying taxes or even against slavery itself. Instead, they worked diligently (and refused to be stopped by orders to the contrary) to spread the Gospel and change people's hearts.

Today, I believe there is a place for raising people's consciousness to certain evils by peaceful public demonstrations (this is not against the law). But to commit unlawful acts (such as killing abortion doctors) is contrary to both the teaching and example set by Jesus and the apostles. Instead, we work to change people's hearts--the only change that will truly be lasting.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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