For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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 appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 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.
-Some of us who believe in Christ may confuse grace for licentiousness. This is a notion that has caused many Christians to live carelessly knowing that we are under grace and not under the law. The grace of God instructs us to live sensibly, righteously and godly in this present age. To deny all ungodliness and worldly passions and to take up our crosses daily and follow Christ. John describes these worldly passions in 1 John 2:16 as; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, which do not come from the Father but from the world. These things may mentally entangle one to chase after fleeting things and miss the right route of Gods’ will. Progressively, God reveals all ungodliness in our hearts and calls us to His throne of grace where we obtain mercy. By Gods’ grace then, we live self controlled lives through love for Him and our neighbours. Since we have obtained His grace through the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; He gives us the gift of salvation as He wills. He has vindicated us by His blood and brought us near; when we were far off without hope and without God (Eph 2:12-13). When we were living in darkness we saw a great light. When we were living in the land of the shadow of death, a light dawned upon us (Mat 4:16-17). Jesus became to us the Light of the world that all men may see Him, believe in Him and obtain His salvation. Christ redeemed us for Himself through the gift of salvation and therefore we eagerly await the blessed hope, His appearing in glory yielding eternal life. He has called to let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Mat 5:16).
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory. Thank You Jesus for dwelling with us and in us. You have redeemed us from all wickedness for Yourself as we eagerly await for Your second coming with glory, we praise Your holy name. Many are the times that we have gone astray following fleshly lusts and worldly passions, forgive us Jesus and cleanse us with Your precious blood. Renew our minds Lord and help us to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives as You have called each one of us. Holy God; holy mighty One; holy immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We humbly come to Your throne of grace Jesus asking for Your mercy, hear us Oh Lord. Save us from all evil Jesus and heal our wounds we humbly ask You. May our intellect be filled with Your wisdom, our will be moved with Your beauty, our hearts be enraptured with Your love and our souls be flooded with Your grace, so that our light may shine bright for many to see and come to repentance. Grant that our every action be done for Your greater glory and the advancement of our salvation. Amen
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