For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
by: Joy Choquette.
Have you ever had such a bad trip that the anticipation of your final destination waned? Missed connections, late flights, longer-than-usual stopovers, lost luggage, storms, and irritable (and irritating) traveling companions, all lend themselves to this experience. We can expect the same in the journey of life. There will be trials and troubles, exasperations and unfair treatment. There will be missed opportunities and failures and sadness and pain. But we are encouraged to keep our eyes on the prize: the promise of heaven and of life with God forever. We are encouraged to “wait for the blessed hope,” (v.13, NIV) of our final destination.