“11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the 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 wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” -Titus 2:11-14
Grace. We use it to refer to mealtime prayers and evening blessings. Mothers use it to name their daughters. British examiners use it offer a “pass” in a course. Whenever grace is used, we speak of it positively, communicating favor and blessing.
Why? God speaks of grace as foundational to our relationship with him. Grace leads in salvation, teaches us to stand against selfish living, and guides us toward what is right. Further, Paul’s letter to Titus reveals that this same grace strengthens us as we wait for the “blessed hope”–the appearing of Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will experience grace in all its fullness, enjoying eternity in the presence of the One who created us, sustains us, and loves us.
Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.