The grace that leads to godliness

Titus 2:11 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.

Aren’t we blessed that we have not only heard of the grace of God, but we experience it every day?  Grace, the unmerited favor that God prepared for each one of us before we ever knew we needed it, is available to all. Too often today we see Christians who attend church only sporadically and then live out their lives as though God’s grace was only meant to provide salvation.  But we see in these scriptures that not only does grace offer salvation but it teaches us and enables us to live godly lives.

Paul left Titus in Crete so that he might establish the church and teach the Cretans about godliness.  The Cretans had such a poor reputation that even their own countrymen said they were lazy, gluttons and liars.  Even today we occasionally hear

How is it that people who have received salvation fail to live changed lives?  Some would say their salvation is not real.  Others would say we are only human.  I only know that I need grace every day in order to live my life in a godly manner.  Do I always succeed?  No.  Do I keep striving to reach that goal of godliness?  Yes.  It is all grace.

PRAYER:  Father,we pray that we would each measure our lives against the Scripture.  May attaining godliness be the goal we seek and may we live according to your grace and mercy each and every day.  Amen.




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