For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13
Grace is the entire package. Not only are believers saved by grace; it also teaches us. Understanding that God has freely given us what we don't deserve and could never earn should encourage every believer to say "No" to the wrong things and "Yes" to the right things. In the words of the song,'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.
Grace is the entire package. Not only are believers saved by grace; it also keeps us. It produces the fruit of self-control. Grace guides us to do the right thing instead of following our "worldly passions." It gives every believer the wherewithal to live godly lives even "in this present age." In the words of the song, Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come. 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far ...
Grace is the entire package. Not only are believers saved by grace; it also delivers us. By grace "we wait for the blessed hope" that transfers every believer from this world to eternity. In the words of the song, and grace will lead me home.
Father, thank you for the entire package of grace! In Jesus' name. Amen.