It will make you doubly happy, even in this life!
(Charles Spurgeon, "A Good Start!")
"Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come!" 1 Timothy 4:8
The gospel will bring you present blessings! It will give you . . .
present access to God,
present peace through believing,
and present help in time of trouble.
It will make you doubly happy, even in this life! It will be . . .
wisdom for your way,
strength for your conflict,
and comfort for your sorrow.
To have the love of God in the heart,
to have present and eternal peace with God,
to be able to look up to Heaven with confidence,
to talk to my Heavenly Father in childlike trustfulness
— is a present joy and comfort worth more than worlds!
Believer! You now enjoy the unchanging favor of God, so that you will go your way henceforth not to live as others do — but as the chosen of God, beloved with special love, enriched with special blessings, to rejoice every day until you are taken up to dwell where Jesus is!
"For the grace of God that brings salvation . . . teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions — and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age!" Titus 2:11-12