Grace and Godliness

Grace and GodlinessWeek 38 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 2 Timothy 4, Titus 1-3, and Philemon. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to Timothy, a partner in sharing the gospel, and include his letters to Titus and Philemon.

Titus 2:11-12 states that the grace of God, which offers salvation to all people, has appeared. The grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and lead godly lives in this present age.

Sometimes, we think that if we truly proclaim the grace of God – the news that our standing before God isn’t based on our efforts and our actions, good or bad, but on what Christ has done for us – people will feel like it gives them a license to sin. These verses, ¬†however, teach the complete opposite. The say that it is God’s grace that teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and to live godly lives.

When we really recognize and accept the truth of God’s grace, it begins to transform us from the inside out. It starts by changing our thinking from a religious mindset of dos and don’ts to an actual relationship with God. This change is reflected in the way we live our lives.

Look at it this way – have you ever had somebody tell you not to do something you normally wouldn’t do anyway, but after being told to avoid it, you began to really desire to do it? This is the way the law works. The very commandment not to do something often stirs up within us a desire to do the thing we are told not to do. God’s grace, on the other hand, draws us to live in a godly manner based out of a relationship with God, for the closer we draw to Him, the more we become like Him!

God’s grace doesn’t give us a license to sin. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and draws us to live godly lives out of love to our Heavenly Father. Ask God today to reveal His grace to you in a greater way than ever before!

God’s Word

God's WordPsalm 119:103 declares that the words of our Heavenly Father are sweeter than honey. Psalm 19:7 says that His law is perfect, and it refreshes our souls. Psalm 119:15 speaks of meditating on His precepts.

Spending time with God is a vital part of our lives as believers. Our relationship with our Heavenly Father is the most important relationship we will ever experience. He knows us better than anyone else ever could, and cares for us deeply. We are His children, whom He dearly loves. He wants to give each of us a fresh revelation of His amazing love and grace.

Reading God’s Word is one way for us to get to know Him better. As we read it, we learn more about who He is, and how much He loves us. We gain a better understanding of all that Christ accomplished for us at the cross. We find God’s promises to us, telling of the many blessings that are ours in Christ. The purpose of reading God’s Word, therefore, isn’t to fulfill a religious obligation. It is for our benefit, to help us grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Memorizing scripture is another thing that is of great benefit to us as believers. As we go about our daily lives, verses that we have memorized can provide much-needed reminders concerning the truths of God’s Word. When we have memorized verses from the Bible, we can readily recall them for our encouragement in times of discouragement. The Word of God directly applies to our lives in many ways, making scripture memory a thing of great value.

Reading and memorizing God’s Word impacts our lives in a significant way. In reading the Bible, we learn more about the One who knows us best, and loves us most. Memorizing verses enables us to bring to mind the God-breathed words of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16) when we need them. For encouragement in reading and memorizing the Word of God, check out Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan. Enjoy diving into God’s Word – His love letter to you!