God's Grace (1)

{Titus 2:11-14; NLT}

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

God’s grace is the basic difference between Christianity and all the other religions in the world.

What is grace?

Grace is the undeserved kindness and favor. There is nothing that we have done to earn God’s love, salvation, or blessings. These things are all underserved, but because of His great love for us, God gives them to us. Grace comes from the love and initiative of the giver.

This is one of the reasons that grace is a powerful force. It tells us that God finds us valuable and He doesn’t want our lives to go to waste. That is Good News!

When we believe this reality, grace becomes the catalyst to change our lives. We know that God wants us to succeed, to overcome sin, and to find healing. Grace tells us that God wants us to have new lives. Lives that are made new because of His love, forgiveness, and blessing.

In Titus, the apostle Paul gives us three reasons why grace makes our lives new.

1. Our lives are new because God gives us new life. – Vs. 11

While many of the aspects of our lives will remain the same: we will have the same family, same job, and the same problems God gives us a new life which will extend into all eternity.

Salvation is ultimately the giving of new life. Sin brought the reality of death to all of mankind. Not only were our old lives slowly counting down to the day of our deaths, but they are also enslaved to sin.

Sin has a hold on us. Without the salvation provided for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus there would be no hope of breaking free from the power of sin.

This promise of a new life isn’t just about the wonderful life we will have in the Resurrection, enjoying an eternal relationship with God, but it is also about giving us a life right now that is is freed from the power of sin and empowered to do good.

God’s grace makes it possible for everyone to live a life of significance and of purpose.

2. Our lives our new because God gives us new limits. – Vs. 12

I know that limits doesn’t sound very appealing. We live in a culture that doesn’t want to be tied down to limits. We want to do what we want to do when we want to do it. We want to buy what we want to buy when we want to buy it.

Many of us view limits as restrictions to the “good life” we want to live. This is one of the great lies of the Enemy.

When we live a life without limits we allow ourselves to become slaves to sin. Being a slave to sin prevents us from living the life God created us to live. Even worse we are powerless to break free from the power of Satan, sin, and death. Therefore, we are hopeless.

In His amazing grace God provided us with limits which are designed to help us avoid sin and to live the lives that He created us to live. It is by living within these limits that we are able to become the people God created us to be.

3. Our lives are new because God gives us new longings. – Vss. 13-14

Our great desires are no longer limited to here and now.

Our dreams aren’t  about achieving the “American Dream” or fulfilling one of our selfish desires for success, but become tied to eternal things. Primarily our  dreams center on relationships: with God and with people.

We also begin to desire for the restoration of  creation to its original state. Many of us have grown sick of the evil and tragedy that dominates every aspect of our lives  and we long for the day when God will make all things new.

As we hope and long for this New Creation we put our time and effort into building for God’s Kingdom now as we wait for Jesus to return. That is the desire that dominates our hope.

God’s grace is amazing because it makes our lives new.

This new life is hard to explain to someone who has not experienced it, but for us who  have received it it has totally changed the way we live.

I hope and pray that we don’t take God’s grace for granted and that we will take time to praise Him for the difference He has made in our lives.

Thank You God for your amazing and wonderful grace.

Questions to consider:

  • How has God’s salvation made your life different?
  • Why does God care so much about people?
  • Why is grace such an important part of the Gospel?

 

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