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.
Paul was writing to his friend Titus, who was working to lead the church in Crete. These believers didn’t know how to act, so Paul wrote to give them specific instructions. He had words for older and younger men and women.
God offers grace, so that we may learn to say “No” to what we should not do, and “Yes” to what we should do instead. This is our response to faith – trying to live as best we may while we wait in hope for the coming in glory of our savior Jesus Christ. Jesus came to redeem us from the wrongs of the world, so the least we can do is to try to keep perpetuating the same wrongs.
Can we be eager to do what is good? Some days that is a stretch, for sure. We’re doing well if we can minimize the damage we might otherwise do! God has a job ahead to purify us, but let us try to do the best we can.
Keep us close to you, dear God. Keep us seeking you and trying to live as we should. You know our temptations and how difficult it is some days to live in ways that honor you. Forgive our wrongs, and help us try again, for the sake of your name. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.