Titus 2:11-15 The Grace of God

Titus 2:11-15 “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.15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”

Tito 2:11-15 “Infatti la grazia di Dio, salvifica per tutti gli uomini, si è manifestata, 12 e ci insegna a rinunciare all’empietà e alle passioni mondane, per vivere in questo mondo moderatamente, giustamente e in modo santo, 13 aspettando la beata speranza e l’apparizione della gloria del nostro grande Dio e Salvatore, Cristo Gesù. 14 Egli ha dato se stesso per noi per riscattarci da ogni iniquità e purificarsi un popolo che gli appartenga, zelante nelle opere buone. 15 Parla di queste cose, esorta e riprendi con piena autorità. Nessuno ti disprezzi.”

Titus was a Gentile convert and had traveled with Paul working with churches in Crete and Corinth. In this section, Paul teaches us the effect of grace in our lives. There is a general or universal grace by which we see God’s gracious hand and patience with humanity. But there is also saving grace by which a true Christian is guided in how to live a godly life. When we allow the grace of God to rule our life, we can say “No” to the behaviors that erode our spiritual life.

In contrast to the “no”, we can choose the “yes” to things that build up our spiritual lives; i.e. self-control and uprightness (meaning a steady walk in God’s justice). The grace of God should affect our behavior and as well as our forward focus. A true Christian looks ahead to the glorious appearing referred to as “the blessed hope”. A Christian who has the grace of God guiding his life will not want to disappoint the Lord but will do everything possible to please Christ in his actions while waiting for His return. John writes the same idea in 1 John 3:3 saying “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

How is His grace working in your life today?

Pray with me: Lord, I am so thankful that the grace of God is working in my life to make me more like You. Help me to recognize and desire more of the effect of Your grace in my life.

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