Godliness

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness… (Titus 1:1)

Godliness

The gospel shapes our lives – it’s about understanding, which transforms hearts, and that leads to transformed lives.

The Bible is not about me, it’s about God, his character and purpose. In the story of Moses and the burning bush, when Moses protested that he was inadequate for the task, God answered his protestations with ‘I am’.

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, while we wait for the 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 wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. (Titus 2:11-15)

The gospel teaches us to live godly lives. The gospel is to be preached to believers so we can learn. What does gospel-shaped living look like?

HumilityWe forget who we were. There is too much talk, especially on Facebook, about ourselves. Gospel humility is thinking of myself less and others more.

 

JoyThe gospel is the best news anyone can hear. God is generous with his grace. When you have Jesus, you have everything. Therefore we have joy.

 

HopeAbove all, hope of eternal life. We are joint heirs with Christ. There are towns and villages teaming with people who think they have everything but are still unsatisfied. Whatever our circumstances, we have hope.

Take careful thought, treasure the gospel. Only the gospel can change our lives.

[adapted from a talk at Libanus Ladies Conference, June 2016]

Ann Marie Thomas head shot (80x90) (300dpi) Web GravatarAnn Marie Thomas is the author of three medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, is out now. Find out more on www.annmariethomas.me.uk

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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