For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, training us to renounce all ungodliness…and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in our present lives. When the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared He saved us…by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Titus 2:11-12; 3:4-5
When Jesus showed up, that’s when His grace came. That’s what gave us the ability to “Just say no” as the old anti-drug slogan said. It’s His grace that trains us to be better people. Coupled with the Holy Spirit, we can change from being selfish jerks to something much better than that.
Well then, why did I launch off on the Sirius XM customer service person on the phone because of their hidden charges fee that I found on my bank statement the other day? Aren’t I supposed to be better than that? I hung up, shaking my head at myself. Who was that on the phone?
I was just reading these verses: “Fools show their annoyance at once,” Proverbs 12:16. And “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools,” from Ecclesiastes 7:9. I don’t need to let things like hidden taxes set me off and I roll out the welcome mat to anger. Forgive me God. I’m sorry phone person.
I am not going to let anger take up residence in my heart. God’s grace is at work in me, training me away from a life of being irritated easily, being grumpy, prone to resentment, self pity or moodiness. That’s not who I am. Romans 5:20-21 says that where sin increases, that where grace abounds all the more. As sin reigns in death, grace might also reign through righteousness leading to eternal life.
In other words, when I sin, God pours out His grace so that righteousness triumphs instead of sin. When Jesus came, He brought goodness and kindness with Him. He brought grace and mercy with Him. He’s pouring it on on me so I can pour it out on others.
That’s a pretty good Easter message. Grace is what showed up when Jesus came and the the training away from ungodliness was made possible because He rose from the dead.
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