As believers, we obey God because He loves us and know that He wants to help us succeed in this life. Once we realize how much He loves us, we are motivated to trust in Him. God provides the power for us to live godly life.
The proper response to God’s grace is right conduct.
The apostle Paul writes in Titus 2:12,
“And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God.”
I always find it intriguing how Scripture written 2000 years ago can still apply in the crazy world we live in now. Obviously, men’s (and women’s) hearts back then are in the same shape as our hearts are today. Our world has definitely evolved since Paul wrote this letter to Titus back in A.D. 63-66, yet we can relate to what Paul is talking about and apply it to our lives here in 2018.
Paul goes on to say in verse 13,
“…we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.”
There is an excellent payoff to being a Christian and working hard at having self control and right conduct. That payoff is the “blessed hope” of Christ’s glorious return. I certainly look forward to it and can’t wait to hear those 3 sounds talked about in 1 Thess 4:16. We will hear 3 sounds as Christ descend from heaven:
● A shout.
● The voice of the archangel.
● The trumpet of God.
Talk about a grand entrance! God’s grace is for everyone on earth. God desires for all people to be saved.
“For the grace of God has been revealed brining salvation to all people.” (Titus 2:11)
None of us deserve God’s mercy and grace but it is available to everyone because of what Christ did on the cross. Having self-control and living a godly life involves daily devotion and commitment.
The devil wants us to focus on how little we have grown spiritually. One of the lies he tells me is, “You should be allot further along by now, Michele.” It’s a trick to stifle my self-confidence and get me to feel guilty. When feeling like this, I get upset with myself and I am playing right into the lie. If I were to keep believing this lie, I become an unproductive follower of Christ.
If we want to have any kind of chance in this evil world, we need to focus instead on how far we have come. God’s amazing grace gives us the confidence we need to live a godly life, have right conduct and the power and strength we need to accomplish any kind of right behavior.