Sunday 2 February, 2014

1 Timothy 2:1-7

2 First, I want all of you to pray for everyone. Ask God to bless them. Give thanks for them. 2 Pray for kings. Pray for all who are in authority. Pray that we will live peaceful and quiet lives. And pray that we will be godly and holy. 3 That is good. It pleases God our Savior. 4 He wants everyone to be saved. He wants them to come to know the truth. 5 There is only one God. And there is only one go-between for God and human beings. He is the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave himself to pay for the sins of everyone. That was a witness given by God at just the right time. 7 I was appointed to be a messenger and an apostle to preach the good news. I am telling the truth. I’m not lying. God appointed me to be a teacher of the true faith to those who aren’t Jews.

“He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.”
How brilliant! Jesus came to save each and every one of us. And we can be part of God’s plan by praying for our family and friends. Paul urges us to give thanks for all people. That’s a big ask. It’s also something which helps us through life. Praying for those we encounter and talking to God about what we can be thankful about for each person helps us to see the world through different eyes. God’s eyes. Eyes of grace.

Lord help me to be filled with your view of the world and the people I encounter.  Thank you for my salvation and the possibility of salvation for all those around me.

Written by Therese Manning

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