“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” (Titus 2:11-15)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about grace, is that it is not only a teacher but also a mentor and counselor for us. There is nothing that we could do to earn God’s unmerited favor and love. He gave us this teacher to help us so that we could become like Him. First, grace saves us. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) What a gift. And then it teaches us. Teaches us what? “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world…” (Titus 2:12) What a teacher. And then it helps us. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) What a mentor and counselor. When we look at grace, grace not only saves us, Paul said, but it teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust. We must not desire the world and its ways. The world is always tugging after our heartstrings to pull us away from God. Therefore, we must have the intestinal fortitude to say no. Grace teaches us to live soberly. It teaches us that we must live moderately, wise, serious, and sensible. We must always be aware of our actions, conduct, and character. And it teaches us that we should live righteous and godly in this world. Grace teaches us that we must live right, be right, and do what is right at all times coupled with living holy and separated unto God, His ways, and His word. The only way that grace can fulfill its purpose in our lives is if we are willing to become students willing to learn.
Sing: Grace! Grace! God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace! Grace! God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin.
Thought For Today: “The only way that grace can fulfill its purpose in our lives is if we are willing to become students willing to learn.” (Parker)