God’s grace is a gift that we cannot earn! We were created to reflect love, mercy, forgiveness and grace. Think of when that we probably have seen God’s image in our daily activities. How rich is God’s grace, which He has given to us so fully and freely (Ephesians 1:7-8)? Consider the depth of God’s love for us! He absolutely accepts us just as we are. Grace is favor from God and Proverbs 3:34 tells us that “He giveth grace unto to the lowly (KJV) or shows favor to the humble and oppressed.” Grace is also an undeserved gift and a most needed act of forgiveness, kindness and mercy that God gives us (NIV).
How are we strengthened by God’s amazing grace? We learn through much practice to devote ourselves to doing what is good and provide for our urgent needs to live productive lives. Let us strive not to be foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. Is it not easier to be considerate of the feelings of others? Why not honestly feel that we have been saved to do good? God’s word reminds us to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and peaceable as means of doing good gently toward everyone. Why live in malice and obvious hatred when we can live better and happier?
The book of Titus encourages us to be gentle and kind to everyone. Paul instructed Titus to select religious leaders with good reputations. Titus was reminded that a new way of life is possible because of what God has done by sending Jesus Christ. Besides telling all of us how to live a good life, what was Titus to do in Crete? As followers of our Lord and Savior, how are we helped by Paul’s message to Titus? Seemingly in Crete so much was left undone along with leadership appointments for the small congregations. Paul advised Titus to seek honorable followers who were faithful in marriage with obedient children to be leaders who set good examples along with their opinions. He gave specific instructions to older men and women to have self-control, to be serious about Jesus and behave in a sensible manner! Last, but not least, the people of Crete were told to wait patiently for the glorious return of Jesus Christ who is the glory of God, our Father!
Somehow we must learn to lean on Him. We will only stand up to giant problems in our lives and watch them fall around us. God undoubtedly delights in our love for Him. Even when we sleep, God is wide awake and is always watching over us! God’s amazing grace shows us how good and kind He is. He saved us because of His mercy and not because of our good deeds! God sent Jesus Christ and treats us much better than we deserve. Jesus made us acceptable to God and gave us the hope of eternal life!
Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.