These verses are arguably the most concise explanation of gospel-centered living found anywhere in Scripture. Only by embracing the grace of God can we live “self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives” (Titus 2:12) that are “zealous for good works” (v.14). Spiritual disciplines, Scripture memorization, and accountability structures have their place, but a profound encounter with the grace of the Gospel is the only thing that can produce lasting change at the level of our desires. The Gospel produces such loving and longing for our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we desire to honor Him with our lives. When that love and longing are present, Godly behavior will inevitably follow.
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways am I saying “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions? (See v.12)
2. In what ways am I living a self-controlled, upright, and Godly life in the present age? (v.12)
Challenge: Let’s change it up a little. Don’t begin your day with a list of things to do. Instead, begin with your eyes upon the Lord, asking Him to help you first remember what He has done.
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