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,
Verse 11 reminds us that it is the grace of God that offers salvation to us. I know, for me, that if it were not for God's eternal grace, I would not be where I am today! When I got saved, I began hearing testimony after testimony of how God had saved my friends from a life of drugs or alcohol or prostitution, etc. The enemy was really working on my and I began to think that I couldn't possibly be saved...after all, I had never done drugs; I had never been a drinker; I had never been promiscuous...what had God saved me from? A very lovely lady in the church very gently and sweetly let me know that THAT was what God had saved me from... What a testimony? God had His hand on my life even before I knew Him! It is the grace of God that offered me salvation! I am truly thankful for that grace.
Verse 12 reminds us that we don't have to live like the world. In fact, we are NOT to live like the world. We are to live godly lives, self-controlled and upright! We are to say "NO" to the ways of the world. For some, that is a real struggle. For others, it is quite easy. For me...it is pretty easy...I have never been involved in the party scene. I have never been interested in doing drugs or drinking. I desire to have my wits about me at all times. I can truly have a 'good time' without artificial stimulation like drugs or alcohol. I am so very thankful that God has kept me in the palm of His hand throughout my life.
I realize now that I have an amazing testimony of God's hand in my life...that testimony that He kept me from the ills of this world and called me into His family. What a true blessing. I am so very thankful for God's grace and His salvation!
Have a blessed Thankful Thursday!