Titus 2:11-12

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For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. - Titus 2:11-12

Dear Jesus,

When I was young it felt like it was only morals and rules that would give my life direction and power.  Boy was that a childish idea.  Sadly, I see parents and pastors fall back to the same kind of thinking and they create environments void of gospel love.  I am just as prone to do it too.  But here you breathe a breath of fresh air.  It's the good news of your love that teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions.  It's love and faith that make us be different. not rules. In fact, few rules are needed when love is in the driver's seat.  Thank you for loving me so much that you taught me about your love even when you had every reason to walk away from me.  In my moments of temptation today, remind me that I love you and that you love me.  It will give me the power to do the right thing for the right reason. 


Pastor Don Patterson

Love does easily what rules make hard to do.