Titus 2 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Ellen Ko, Gracepoint Berkeley

What is it about the grace of God that it has the power to teach a Christian to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions?

The grace of God has the power to teach a Christian to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions because for any Christian who has experienced salvation and the depth of their sinfulness, the grace of God is such good news and something you want to cherish and honor.  After having received grace, mercy and forgiveness you do not want to hurt the person who just extended you forgiveness and is showing you undeserved grace, by going back to the things that were offensive to them in the first place, and the way in which you had hurt them in the first place.  I have tasted this in human relationships.  After having badly strained some relationships in my life and realizing it only later with horror that it was all my fault, and then apologizing from the bottom of my heart without any expectation of forgiveness but then receiving forgiveness and even encouragement, I was struck by the wonder of God’s love and mercy, which these human relationships were just a reflection of.  I was amazed and so thankful for the possibility of forgiveness and mercy because I knew that in any other court of justice, I should have been condemned and treated with hostility, equal to the hostility that I had shown.  It was a taste of the kind of grace God extends to me and it caused me to not want to stain or in any way trample upon it but instead to honor it with my life by serving and doing things to honor the kind of grace and mercy that I had been shown and was so thankful for.  This is what I go back to again and again when I think about why I need to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions in my life.  I think about what I have received from God and the kind of mercy and grace that He had on me fully knowing how hostile I was and the kind of person I was in the thoughts and attitudes I had toward Him in my ignorance.  He deserves the best that I have, he deserves all my efforts and striving toward purity, to giving my energies to serving others, he deserves my efforts at even struggling with my character issues in order to become a better representative and ambassador.  And I do this because of the grace I was shown by God, which I am reminded again and again was completely undeserved and totally by his initiative. It’s the love behind the grace that I was shown that melts my heart and causes me to want to give him my best efforts.

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