December 1 – Blessed to Live by God’s Guidelines

Timothy was a young leader who Paul treated like a son.  So Paul offered Timothy good training: Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.”  That is a lot to take in.  But basically Paul is saying that there is a big difference between the lawless and their activities and a holy God. Living ethically is a blessing to those who practice integrity and to everyone else in society. God can change a chief of sinners into an ambassador for Jesus. The gospel transforms lives and God’s Story provides guidelines for character growth. We serve a blessed God, and He wants us to live a blessed life as His children.

1 Timothy 1:8-11 ESV