Learn to live a life that is true

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Positive Outlook

By George Smith

 The hymn says, “Living for Jesus, a life that is true, striving to please Him in all that I do ….” 

Titus 2:11-15 gives three suggestions that would help us in our living for Jesus. 

First, we are told to turn from godless living. Ungodliness refers to the immoral, wicked, and evil. It has to do with that which has no place for God and for the things of God. We are told to love the things of God and to walk in His ways while turning our backs on ungodliness. 

Secondly, we are to live properly with self control, right conduct and devotion to God. Charles H. Spurgeon said many years ago, “You are to live soberly in all your thinking, all your speaking, all your acting.” Paul in Philippians 1:27 says, “Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” 

Thirdly, we are to live looking for the return of Christ. Jesus warned us to “watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.” Christ may return at any moment. We should desire to be ready when he returns. John tells us “abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming” (1 John 2:28). 

Luke 12:37 says, “Blessed are those servants whom the Master, when He comes, will find watching.” 

If we are going to live a life pleasing to Jesus we need to follow the advice in Paul’s letter to Titus. We should shun godless living and give time and attention to the things of God. Our desire should be to live in such a way our daily attitudes and actions would honor our Lord. We don’t know when our Lord will return so we want to be ready at all times.