Faith & Life: Does the Knowledge of Jesus’s Return Tincture Your Behavior?


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Does the Knowledge of Jesus’s Return Tincture Your Behavior?

Living Your Life Daily for the Lord and His Will in Your Life

by J.M. Troppello


“The certainty of the Second Coming of Christ should touch and tincture every part of our daily behavior.” – John Blanchard

I saw this quote today from evangelist, John Blanchard. I knew that tincture is defined as a noun – as a medicine that is made when a drug gets dissolved in alcohol. However, I didn’t realize that it can also be used as a verb “to be tinged, flavored, or imbued with a slight amount of flavor.”


After better understanding the definition of tincture, I got a deeper understanding of that statement from John Blanchard. It made me ask myself a question. Does the certainty of the Second Coming of Christ touch and tincture [tinge, flavor, or imbue] all of my life?


11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. (Titus 2:11-15, NKJV)

Salvation is a gift of grace from God. In this epistle, Paul shares the utter importance of denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. He wrote that believers should live in the following ways:


  • Soberly

  • Righteously

  • Godly


Paul urged the believers to look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus died for us. He redeemed us from every lawless deed. Jesus has purified us for His own special peoplezealous for good works.


In verse 15, Paul urged the believers to speak these things with other believers. He wanted them to exhort others to live righteously and eagerly await the Lord’s return. I love how this passage ends in verse 15 with the short, but powerful sentence:


“Let no one despise you.”

You don’t have control over how people view you. However, you can do your best to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts in your life. You can seek to live soberly, righteously, and godly. You can choose to be a good witness for the Lord.


The Takeaway


The main takeaway from this passage is that “God’s grace produces two results in the lives of believers. First, we are to resist the evil temptations of this world, living godly lives in this present age. Second, we are to look for Christ’s return. Paul reminded Timothy that there is a special crown awaiting ‘all who have loved His appearing’ (See: 2 Tim. 4:8).” [Source: TNSB]


Are you excited for the Lord to return?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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