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Christine Coltman, contributor for today’s blog post

I’ve been really excited that we’re studying Titus this term, especially as it’s such a small book that we can really get our teeth into the ‘meat’ of it. I also love that Titus is a really practical book and isn’t afraid to state things plainly.
That’s why I have to admit that I used to be a little shocked by the fact that in Chapter 2 verse 12, it says that the world we live in is an “evil” one. Going for a walk in beautiful Corsham on a sunny morning, most people would be hard pressed to agree with this statement. It seems a little over-dramatic. But God’s Word is always true and always wise – and, as usual, has been proved so for me.
We have recently had a family bereavement, in horrible circumstances. The impact of it is widespread, and will be long lasting, but the encouragement of Titus has been significant for me. Despite living in this evil world, with seemingly senseless sadness all around us, Paul writes that we are to live “with wisdom, righteousness and devotion to God.” What clear and specific instruction to help lift us up out of the mire and refocus us on what matters: giving God the glory.
However, my favourite section of Titus is the one that follows:
“While we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”
I find it so refreshing to turn my eyes away from the mess of the here and now and look forward to what God, “who does not lie”, has promised to his children – his daughters – us! This life is such a small part of God’s glorious plan for us, but what is equally amazing is that it can be used for such a great purpose – to reveal Jesus to others who need him just as badly.
I’m grateful that God is always with us in this world, and is always ready to hear our cries and comfort us in our tears. We are having many moments like that just now. But I am more grateful that he was willing – determined, even – to send his Son so that we can have a glorious future ahead of us with our loving heavenly Father, no matter what our earthly lives hold. I hope you find that as much of an encouragement as I do. As Paul writes at the end of the letter,
“May God’s grace be with you all.”