Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 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.

Earlier in the chapter, Paul instructs Titus about how he should instruct the young and old men and women in his flock to live their lives so as to glorify God and also instructs Titus about how he should conduct himself so as to be an example to his flock for the glory of God. It would be awesome if everyone who heard simply complied and went with the flow but I don’t suppose that was the case because even today in Churches, challenges exist among it’s members and pastors spend considerable time ministering to people affected or causing the issues. How then does Paul say (in the passage above) that by God’s grace alone are we are able to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions?

Submitting our lives to Jesus and agreeing to follow Him is more than a noble act. In fact, to the world, it’s an admittance of guilt and a show of our brokenness and dependence and so there is nothing noble about it. To be able to do something as harebrained as that, we have to come to a point of realization that we cannot on our own manage our lives, direct it to be of any purpose and control our destinies. We need the hand of God upon us to forgive us, change us to be like Him and direct our every moment. When we take that step of faith, God takes charge and fills us with his Holy Spirit which cleanses us from within and sets us with the right spiritual direction. Our actions, relationships, purpose, roles get established and the filth in our lives are weeded out bit by bit. When Paul states that by God’s grace all this will be done, he meant it for he himself was a recipient of God’s grace. Are you still standing on your own or have you submitted yourself to God’s care and control?

In His Loving Service,

Exodus 19:5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me.
  1. May we all trust more and more . . .or for the first time . . .that His control and care for us is so much more and better than our own. This fits in so perfectly with Rani’s story for today. And I have witnessed again His care and have been able to share it. My daughter began having seizures yesterday. She’d been doing well for nearly 2 months and we weren’t expecting it. We had been in our little pool together and then she wanted out to swing awhile. I stepped into the garage to plug in her “music player”, and came back to find her flat out on the concrete, her head resting on a wooden landscaping timber. Now, I was really concerned about her head and that this had started happening again. But, later, I thought of how greatly He covered and cared for her and I. It didn’t happen in the pool. I would’ve had a hard time getting her out of there in that post seizure condition. It didn’t happen while she was swinging, what she was going to do next. She could’ve fallen from her swing and injured herself further. And she was sitting down when she fell backward, her head hitting the wood instead of the concrete, somewhat more forgiving. I can’t take care of her by myself. I need Him. I can’t take care of myself either, or manage my life, I can’t get rid of my sinful nature without Him.
    God bless you! Sorry this was so long of a comment!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Your comment has left me lost in thought and prayer as I was not sure whether to feel sad for your daughter or feel joy for your attitude. Yes, God is faithful and we can trust implicitly in Him but to look at such a hard situation with such soft and wonderful eyes is not a human reaction. Please know that even though I have not responded, your daughter has been covered in prayer and so have you. Thank you for sharing something so dear and significant and be assured that God is glorified in the way you live out your faith.
      PS: The longer the comment, often the richer it is 🙂 That’s not my justification for writing long comments though 😉

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