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. Titus 2:11-14
I wish we really understood the grace of God. We get glimpses of it, and, of course it was that grace that we have salvation, but it’s hard to fully grasp. Without the grace of God, we would live unsaved, miserable, and sin-riddled lives. The glories of this world are the worldly passions, ungodliness, and sensual desires. It’s everywhere we turn. Madison Avenue tries to make food and drink sexy. That’s what they know.
Saying No to these ways helps us to better appreciate heavenly matters. However, saying no requires us to call out to God even more. Everything within us screams Yes.
Do it. You deserve it. You only go around once. You’re gonna do it anyway so why not now? Have it your way!
But God’s grace is sufficient. Saying No is also a discipline we must learn. Again, we call out to Christ in those times of need. We absolutely cannot conquer these passions and ungodliness on our own.
I wrote about these verses recently. I’m almost certain I encouraged you to memorize the entire passage. It’s certainly worthy of a a read through 10-12 times. Getting God’s words into our minds and ultimately into our spirit will help us tremendously.