Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 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.”
When our eyes are either turned inward, or are on the ends of the earth, it can become easy to loose hope. But when we look to the Word of God, it tells us of the person of Jesus. This Jesus bore the sin and judgement of mankind so much so that he defeated the devil, destroys the gilt, and separates his followers from their sin as far as the east is from the west. This gospel is the grace that has appeared and offers salvation to all people, including those sitting here in my living room. Those who embrace the gift of eternal life are called to live a certain way in this world. Not to earn the gift received, but rather to express gratitude to the giver.
This grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions. This means we are never to say yes to an ungodly or worldly passion. We have a choice now that grace has come. We have the power living inside of us by the Spirit of the one who’s love was displayed at Calvary.
Jesus Christ gave himself for us. He gave himself for you and for me. He gave himself to redeem you and me from all wickedness, and to purify for himself a people that are eager to do what is good. Doing what is good demands the self-control which denies ungodly and worldly passions. Jesus does not wish to squash the passions of his followers. His desire is rather to purify and harness all of your passions, so that you might be a useful vessel for good.