From Lynda Lindsey
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people...that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:1-4
For there is one God and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. I Timothy 2:5-6
Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. Mark 9:50
Just as a lover yearns to spend time with his beloved, God, who loves us with an everlasting, unfailing love, desires to spend all eternity with us! God desires that all people be saved and become knowledgable about the truth of His gospel, the way of salvation. Jesus is the good news! He came into the world to save sinners and mediate a way for sinful man to be in right relationship with holy God. Jesus freely offered Himself as a ransom for all who believe in His name. Jesus isn’t a way of salvation, He’s the only means by which we may be saved.
The radical good news of the gospel requires truth; we cannot be saved if we believe lies. Paul warns us to preserve the purity of the gospel by confronting and rejecting false teaching. Lies enslave us, but truth changes us and sets us free. Salvation results in change; clean hearts, a clear conscience, renewed minds, changed lives, and new and different priorities. No longer hiding behind hypocrisy and insincerity, we demonstrate a sincere, genuine faith. We pray, for everyone, everywhere, at all times. We exchange indifference and hate for love; the things of the world for those of God.
Scripture, taught and preached by God’s faithful pastors and elders, teaches us godly truths as well as reproving, correcting and training us in righteousness. We develop gratefulness and thankfulness. By practice, we learn to live quiet, godly lives, to quell our temper, tame our tongues, and begin to dress modestly, not seductively or suggestively. Why? We desire every aspect of our lives to please God and bring Him glory and honor. And what would be more God pleasing than if, because of our salt and light, our neighbors came in from the darkness for a drink of living water?