Mercy and Grace | Day Eleven
By: Kate Downing | Grace That Trains
Athletes, musicians, and scholars all have something in common; they all go through training. Some might call it practice or study, but they all must train their brains and bodies in order to become who they want to be.
Today, we are going to look at how grace trains us to become the girls God calls us to become.
What is heavy on your heart today? What is stressing you? Take these first few minutes to lay those things down before the Lord, surrendering them to his control, and trusting Him to care for every detail. Thank God for the opportunity to take a break and spend time with Him today. Ask Him to speak to you.
Now, read Titus 2:11-14.
This passage can be broken up in to two training sections. The first section instructs us on the do’s and don’ts of the life God calls us to live (vs. 11-12). The second section tells us where we are to set our goals, so that we might not become distracted or discouraged while training.
Let’s take a closer look at the first section. Read verses 11-12 again.
Titus is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to a man named Titus. It is a letter filled with instruction on how to live faithfully as a follower of Christ. In the verses we just read, Paul is teaching Titus that the grace of God not only brings salvation (we talked about this on Monday), but it also trains us how to live in a way that brings glory to God.
He says that grace teaches or trains us to say no to two things: ungodliness and worldly passions.
Saying “no” to ungodliness means that we clearly and specifically refuse to think, act, or speak in a way that dishonors God. This is much easier said than done. That is why it is a training process! It takes practice and discipline to train your heart and mind to choose godliness.
What are some examples of ungodliness? Why do they not bring honor to God?
Saying no to worldly passions means actively saying no to the things the world, our friends, and even our own minds tell us are important or satisfying, but not pleasing to the Lord. And this takes a great deal of practice and patience!
What are some examples of worldly passions? Why do they not bring honor to God?
Paul then says we are to say yes to a few things: self-control, uprightness, and godly living.
These three things have to do with the way we conduct ourselves (self-control), the way we treat others (upright), and the way we obey God (godly living). We are to be self-controlled in our words and actions. We are to conduct ourselves around others in a way the leaves no room for accusations of wrongdoing. Finally, we are to so closely obey and follow God that our lives reflect His in every way.
Think about this week. How can you say “yes” to allow grace to help you be…
Now, let’s take a closer look at the second section in this passage.
Read verses 13-14.
In these verses, Paul explains that we must set our focus on eternity. “The blessed hope” he mentions in verse 13 is a reference to the second coming of Jesus, the event that will begin our lives in eternity with God.
Just like a runner sets his focus on the finish line so that he does not get distracted and off course, we are to set our attention and focus on the goal of spending eternity with God.
God’s grace trains us to say “no” to things that do not honor God and “yes” to living in a way that does honor Him. It also trains us to set our focus on the hope of spending eternity in perfect fellowship with God!
Write the word “Eternity” on a sticky-note and stick it to your mirror or in a spot where you will see it each day. Each time you see the word, ask the Lord to help you focus on the joy of spending eternity with Him instead of the stresses of the day.
Close out your time by thanking the Lord for His grace that saves and trains you how to become the girl He is calling you to be. Ask him to help you to live according to Titus 2:11-14 today.