Titus 2:11-14, “ For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

Salvation.  Without it, we are all lost.  It can’t be bought.  It is not sold in a store.  It cannot be earned.  We can’t be perfect enough to get it.  Salvation comes from the grace of God.  He placed the plan of salvation for us.  It is our choice to accept it or deny it.

The grace of God transcends all knowledge.  God created man and woman and they knew no sin.  Man and woman then sinned and became imperfect and evil.  God has watched man for thousands of years be the best that we can be and be the worst that we can be.  Yet, through all of the events that have ever transpired, God still offers His gift of of grace.  For all that we have done, there is salvation from it all.  There is a reset button to go back to perfect.  We hit the button but Jesus does the work.  He stands in the way of God and speaks and acts on our behalf.

This gift is available to all.  This is regardless of gender, race, or your past.  This gift is an equal opportunity choice.  There is the choice to accept what God is offering or to deny what He has done.  God has provided a way out from eternal pain and suffering.  He wants us all to be with Him.  Yet, He is not going to force someone to be with Him.  He leaves us with the choice to choose Him.

For us to choose God, we must deny the world and what it has to offer.  The world is filled with all kinds of evil and problems.  God wants us to choose to leave all of the Earth behind to be with Him in Heaven forever.  Instead of living for the world, we should live a life that is honoring to God.  The text says “soberly, righteously, and godly.”  This is all to say that we should live like God.  Now, we are not perfect so this is not possible but with Christ, it is totally possible,  He live a perfect life and died for the removal of sin and death.  He stands in our place and speaks on our behalf to His Father for us.

We are also waiting for the return of Jesus.  There is so much talk about this lately.  This is not new though.  Ever since Jesus left this Earth, people have been watching the skies for His return.  He will return when He does and we need to be ready at all times for Jesus.  When He comes, He will come and take us away to be with Him and His Father, God, in Heaven.

Again, Jesus died for our sins.  He did not sin so He did not need to die.  He died for the will of God to save those who are lost (all sin!)  Jesus chose pain and suffering so that we do not have to endure pain and suffering for eternity.  Jesus took every bad deed from the start of time to the end of time on Him and took them far away.  So far away that God, when He sees us, He sees His Son.  That does not mean that we will never sin again.  It means that we have the chance to be forgiven of our sins.  We can come to God and be cleaned every time we do something wrong.

God did not have to do what He did.  I thank God every day that He did though.  I know from my life that I have done some very bad things.  I need a Savior that will forgive me of all my sin.  We all need a Savior that will take away sin.  Let us come to Him today and be cleansed of sin.  Let us be renewed.  Let us come to God and accept the salvation that is offered.  Jesus died for it so we should accept it.  Choose salvation today!

Heavenly Father,

I pray for all those that do not know You.  I pray that they come to an understanding of You and invite You in to their hearts.  I want people to know You like I know You.  You are an awesome God to serve.  I love You and I pray that others will come to love You.  Your gift that You gave is so much more than I ever could repay.  I need You daily and pray that others will also lean on You for all that they have.  We love Your Son, who died for us.  Thank You for being our God and making us Your sons and daughters with You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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