For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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 appearing of the glory 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. Titus 2:11-14
The grace of God has appeared and what it teaches is not what is commonly thought of as evidence or expressions of grace.
Grace is considered the ‘cover all’ and, since it is free and cannot be earned, carries the misnomer of our being able to do ‘whatever.’ We need God’s grace regardless, so… ‘whatever.’
Paul wrote something differently to Titus. What about Grace:
- It offers salvation to all people. Nobody is discriminated against when comes to God’s grace. Everybody gets this… everybody likes this! Notice, though, what Paul writes. Salvation is not GIVEN to all… it is OFFERED to all.
- It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions (not ‘whatever’). Living upright and godly lives is an expression of God’s grace. Having self-control is evidence of living in that grace.
Grace doesn’t teach us to say ’I’m only human… everybody is doing it.’ Rather it teaches us to say ‘No’ to everything that is not like Jesus in the world – and there’s a lot of that!
What is important and helpful is to remember the mission of God’s grace as displayed through Jesus.
(Jesus) 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 2:14
God’s grace and the demonstration of His love in Jesus does redeem and save us from all wickedness. At the same time God’s grace is purifying us! We are becoming a holy people who belong to God. We are His! We reflect Him and are eager, not to be wicked or ‘whatever’, but to do what is good.
This is what God’s grace teaches us. Will we follow perfectly? No. Will we be purified through our imperfections? Absolutely! God’s grace is present and working in our lives – all for His glory and our good.
Thank You Father for Your grace. Thank You for Jesus and the new life I have in Him. Thank You for Your patience (which means my salvation for me) and for the everyday lessons of Your grace. May I reflect Your beauty and power this day. I live for You.