Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, who are eager to do good. Titus 2.11-14
The grace of God is multifaceted, 1 Peter 4.10, and we can see two facets of it here in Titus 2. Paul is reminding Titus that God’s grace trains us both to reject certain behaviors and to add certain characteristics to our lives.
Grace trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires. Many times while studying with people about the gospel, a person is struggling with the decision to become a Christian and will have a misconception that they can get their life right and then obey the gospel. There is only one problem. Without God’s grace, it is impossible to get your life right. You do not have the power within you to accomplish such a task no matter how hard you try.
Grace also trains us to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives now in the present. With all of the problems going on in the world today, one is tempted to give in to the daily battles with sin that is experienced. But, grace trains us to be self-controlled. No matter how bad things get, God’s grace is sufficient to see me through whatever situation.
Jesus died for us to have freedom from every form of lawlessness. Not that it will not exist, but we do not have to give in to it. He calls us to something better, something purer. He calls us to share his good news and to be eager to do good.