Righteous and Godly
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.”—Titus 2:11–12
Paul described a tragedy: Some people have been born again but fail to enjoy the full benefits of the blessings God intends for them.
Paul provided steps to help us live more fruitful lives and receive more of the blessings God intended. First, we must be “sober.” The Greek word here suggests being able to exercise self-restraint, to resist unhealthy passions and desires.
The Holy Spirit can help us make the right decisions and avoid deceptive impulses. We must not allow sin, temptations, and lust to master us. If we are sensitive, the Spirit can help us.
Our lives should be characterized by integrity and honesty. In every situation, we should be committed to doing the right thing and being an example to others. This means having minds filled with God’s Word, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, and seeking to please God with our choices.
We can be influenced by people around us who don’t have a biblical frame of reference and don’t know God. But Paul urged us to remember how important it is to be godly in every sense of that word. It means being filled with His Spirit and surrendered to His will, approaching others with His love.
Ultimately, we need to trust God, believe His promises, and live by faith. These principles can help you avoid pitfalls, draw closer to God, and experience more of the blessings He has prepared for you.
Reflection Question: Write a prayer to the Holy Spirit asking for His guidance.
Father, thank You for all You have promised. Help me experience the full benefits of the salvation You have provided for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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