It’s so amazing. How lucky are we to have such a merciful God that even though we’ve sinned against him, he offers his forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus? We know that through Jesus we will one day be in Heaven, not because of the things we’ve done, but because of God’s mercy. What does this mean for us now, though? When we’re saved, God calls us to live as Christ-like as possible, not because we gain right-standing with him, but because we love him. It’s a way of telling him, “You’ve done so much for me, so I want to do this for you.”
Do you find yourself struggling to break an old bad habit? Is there sinful behavior in your life that you wouldn’t want your fellow church-goers to know about? “But God forgives us, so what’s the big deal?” Sin is so normalized and even celebrated in some corners of our culture, that it may seem that your particular tough-to-break sin isn’t really all that bad. If you find yourself clinging to one particular sin, know that in God’s point of view, sin looks like chains dangling from our feet. It’s preventing us from living the way he wants, from being utilized in his plan to the fullest. It keeps us separated from him. God knows our sin is bad for our souls. God hates sin. Our sin killed Jesus. Jesus was killed to set us free from sin, not to allow us to sit in it. We need to hate sin, too.
In Titus 3:8, Paul tells us to devote ourselves to doing good. This isn’t so that we can earn our way to Heaven; that’s not possible. Jesus is the only way. But God gave us this gift, and we are so clearly undeserving of it. So instead of taking the gift for granted, we need to celebrate it by doing as God asks. Live righteously, show God’s love, run from sin. A very wise-beyond-her-years woman from my LifeGroup told us that she shows God’s love and mercy, not because it comes from her, but because God’s love is so great, that it is pouring out from her; it can’t be contained. How beautiful is that concept? God has done so much for us, let’s show our love for him by sharing his love with others and living right.
This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
What does this passage mean for your life? Where specifically do you feel God is calling you to do good?
Is there a sin in your life that you cling to? What would it take for you to let it go?
Pray this prayer:
God, thank you for the greatest gift in the word: Jesus. It is amazing that even though I have sinned, and will continue to fall short of your glory, you have offered your forgiveness. Please help me to never forget the vastness of this gift, and to show you I’m grateful by living as Christ-like as possible. Help me to rid my life of sins that get in the way of your plan for my life. Amen
This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a registered nurse on a step-down coronary unit. She loves anything arts-related, and really enjoys writing for Living it Out. She is married with a little girl and boy.