Titus 2:11-13a NIV 2011
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.
Paul’s letter to Titus goes into doctrinal basics for holy living. One commentator wrote, “Right conduct must be founded on right doctrine.” Paul restated what he wrote to the Romans and Ephesians. Romans 5:6, “You see, at just the time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Ephesians 2:8a, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Paul began in verse one, “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.” Paul guided Titus to lean into God and lead others to learn God’s Truth. God’s grace offers believers the opportunity to live upright, godly lives of self-control.
When unsure what the right thing is, God’s Word has always held the answer to the right thing to do. I’ve fallen short so many times when I’ve tried to solve a situation on my own. A quick return at Costco, a luxury car was running blocking the exit for shoppers and a man stood next to open drivers door. I said, “That’s a really nice car I’d never leave parked here with people and carts everywhere!” God’s grace gave me His words along with godly self-control.
How do we live upright lives?
God’s grace gives life,