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.
Paul takes grace a step further, it not only saves us but it teaches us to say ‘no’. Grace is not just the power we receive to be forgiven of sin, but the power which teaches us (by the Holy Spirit) how not to walk in the ways of sin any longer!
This really hit me, grace is a multi-faceted power given to us by God, it pulls us from our wretched estate but it also does more than that, it continues to shape and transform and make us new. What is grace teaching you to say ‘no’ to in this season?
Father, thank you for your grace, teach me to be soft and generous with the way i received and respond to it every day. Amen.