11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.
12 It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
13 as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When Byron accepted the Lord Jesus, he was a drug addict who had been to the rehab twice. He didn’t believe it was possible for him to overcome his addiction to drugs until he came in contact with the grace of God.
After accepting the gospel, he realized that he was now enrolled in God’s educational system. Through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and the ministry of the Word, he was trained to reject all his previous godless ways and to now live a self-controlled godly life. Because he was a medical doctor, he understood the physiological ramifications of his addiction, so he knew that it was the power of God that made it possible for him to be trained out of his addictions into a godly life.
Many believers talk a lot about grace but experience too little of it because they do not realize that grace empowers us to overcome sin through a training or educational process administered by the Holy Spirit and the ministry of the word. Believers who give very little time to the learning of the word will experience very little grace in their lives.
Today’s Bible verses show us that the grace of God trains or teaches us [how] to reject ungodly ways and fleshly lusts; grace trains us [how] to live godly lives in this present world. But you cannot isolate all these from the backdrop of our blessed hope as believers. This hope is the expectation of the glory that will be revealed in us when the Lord appears.
This expectation keeps us pure as we await the appearing of our God and Savior Jesus Christ (see 1 John 3:3).
Go into today remembering that the grace of God is appropriated in your life through submission to discipleship and learning.
Every believer is a disciple. The word disciple means follower, student or apprentice. Every believer in Christ is a student of grace.
Prayer: Lord, please help me know greater measures of your grace daily. Amen.
-Abraham Damilola Arigi
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