Titus 2:11–15 (ESV)
Teach Sound Doctrine
11 For the grace of
God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our 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 lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
15 Declare these things;
exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
There is a lot packed into verse 11 and 12. Verse 11 makes it clear that the “grace of God, bringing salvation for all people.”
Jesus did not die for some of the people, but for all people. However, many reject his saving act. Verse 12 makes it clear that we are to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in
the present age. The free gift of grace is given to all people. We are saved by grace, not by our actions on how well we live. That is actually a by-product. We do not try to live a holy life so we can go to heaven, but we “try”
to live a holy life because we are going to heaven. We are to repent and to want to do better. Many people flip this around and try to get right with God by living a holy life. This is impossible. It is God alone who makes us right.
We can never earn our way, buy our way, or be “good enough” to earn heaven. It is by faith alone. Our motivation to live self-controlled, upright lives is because of the faith that God has given us and Jesus’ life, death, and
resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins.
I pray: O Lord, I repent of my sins and want to do better. Help me to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright,
and godly lives in this present age. Amen.