Read Titus Chapter 2
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.
The grace of God is an unlimited subject. There are so many aspects of His grace that it would be impossible to encapsulate them into a book. We would be continually discovering other facets of His grace that were left out of our compilation. In this passage, an arm of His grace is described as “teaching us to say “No” to ungodliness. We would much rather think of His grace as forgiveness (which it is) or as a license to continue to sin (which it is not). This passage clearly teaches us that we must attempt to abandon our sins. We have the power to do so – we just would rather not believe that. We would rather to believe we “just can’t help it.”
If that were true, Paul would not have continued to write as he did. He gave us many other ideas which let us know that His followers are not allowed to continue in sin.
- Verse 12 clearly shows that we have been taught to say “No” to ungodliness and to worldly passions.
- We are to live self-controlled lives.
- We are to live upright and godly lives, even in this evil present age, where homosexuality is celebrated as normal and acceptable.
- God gave Himself to redeem us from wickedness, not to allow us to continue sinning.
- He gave Himself to purify us.
- He gave Himself so that we would be eager to do good, not to be eager to continue sinning.
- He gave Himself so that we would be a people who are His very own.
Perhaps the best thought comes from that last one. He wants us to belong to Him. He desires to fellowship with Him. That blows the top off my mind! Oh, my! Why would He want me to be His very own?? I haven’t a clue! Here is another passage that echoes that thought. Jesus prayed:
Jn 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message (the disciples’ message).
Jn 17:24 “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.
Jesus Himself said that He wants us to be with Him!! Hang on for just a second. I have to retrieve my socks!
The Lord’s grace has no bounds, no limits, toward those who are His children. For so very long, I didn’t believe that His grace applied to me. Dear friends, do not allow yourselves to believe that lie from Satan, the prince of this world, the father of lies. God loves us and is purifying us so that we will no longer sin, and is preparing us to dwell with Him forever.
Prayer: Father, we are so weak! We are not the people You wish us to be, not at this time. But we thank and praise You because You are transforming us into a pure and holy people. Thank You for the grace which draws us unto You, child-trains us to become like You, and continually cleanses us from all unrighteousness.