I have been reading through the New Testament at lightening speed, still finishing up the "Read the Bible Through in a Year Plan". (although for me it became the year and a few months plan)As a result I haven't taken time to comment on my thoughts as I read, there are just way too many things in there and no time to delve into them too deeply. But I as I read Titus this morning a couple of things caught my eye.
... [Grace] teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 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. Titus 2:11-14
Grace teaches us to say NO to sin
Grace teaches us to live a self-controlled life
We are waiting for Christ's glorious return
Christ died to redeem us from wickedness
Christ died to purify a people for His own sake
We are supposed to be eager to do what is good.
So often we give way to much power to our own sin nature, and we don't listen to what Grace is trying to teach us. We don't have grace because we do the right things, the Grace we have teaches us to do the right things. And Christ's work did not end with our salvation, but it began there. He desires for us to be eager to do what is good... He wants us to want to please Him as He purifies us. Redemption, purification, and a desire to do what is right to please Him... it all comes through Grace.
Father God, Thank You for Your Grace!