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Summary: To further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness. - Titus 1:1 A candle burning is something that has fascinated children and entertained men for centuries. To see how a flame moves in the air and burns ..

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To further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness. - Titus 1:1

A candle burning is something that has fascinated children and entertained men for centuries. To see how a flame moves in the air and burns clearly points to the fact of the reason for the candle itself. Now when we ask ourselves the question what is the reason for the candle? What is its purpose? of course we simply answer its purpose is to burn and shed its light in a room. Now when we come to the Christian Life we can ask the same questions, as a believer what answer would you give? Many people elevate certain theological teachings and ideas about God. Others look at Christianity as something to simply satisfy their guilty conscience so they can go on living their lives. But we see in the verse we are looking at a very different picture. Yes we see truth being spoken of and knowledge but what is the end goal of this truth, it is godliness. Godliness is not just a fear of the Lord or knowledge of God but an the actual character of God becoming part of our lives. It is to be God-like or like God. Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of this, as He was fully man and fully God, God in the flesh, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:14).

As believers in the Lord we are in dwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. We are then able to see God's character and his godliness come through our lives. We see the clear command: "Anyone who says he is a Christian should live as Christ did" (1 John 2:6). And we have this promise: "When the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). When God passed by Moses in the Old Testament it was proclaimed that God is: "The compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness" (Exodus 34:6). We also read that God's love: "Is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). With all our knowing God and following him as disciples are these character attributes becoming a part of us? Are we becoming more like God and his Son Jesus Christ? It is wonderful that the door to godliness has been flung wide open by the death of Jesus Christ. He desires his children to grow up into his image and likeness. We are not only forgiven in Jesus Christ but are being transformed to be like him. What Good News this is as we live this short life on earth. We can pray: Father, make me more like your Son, change me daily more into your image. Amen.


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