A Powder-Blue Gideon Bible

My mother gave my son, John, a powder-blue small Gideon Bible. It sits here looking very modern for a Gideon-given Scripture. I mean—powder blue!

So I start flipping through it and find this verse in Titus: “Speak evil of no man” (Titus 3:2a). Then I read: “Be gentle and meek” (Titus 3:2b).

How do I speak badly of nobody? Are you kidding me? Then comes the answer: by being gentle and humble.

Then I read that God’s mercy has saved us by “the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5-6).

Now here are words I very much like: “regeneration” and “renewing.” I need a spiritual makeover. I need to be revived and made new. How comforting to be reminded that this is going on in me through the Holy Spirit’s presence in me, abundantly mine in Christ.

I will learn to accept God’s love, by his grace.


About Carmen

I teach English at Shorter College in beautiful Rome, Georgia.
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