“And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.”
God’s grace does not just give us what we don’t deserve, or not give us what we do deserve. It is God’s grace that empowers us to living Godly and Christ-like lifestyles. It leads us away from un-godly living and sinful pleasures and equips us with the tools to live wisely, righteously and devotedly to a holy God in an un-holy world. When we speak of the tools God’s grace equips us with, what do we mean?
Simply put, it means that the ability to live as Christ wants, in an un-holy world, comes not from our own strengths or abilities but in the strength given by the power of God’s grace. God’s grace says, ‘yes you can’t do it on your own own, so here have my strength.’ In order to receive grace, we must first stop trying in our own strength to be holy, because we fail in our own strength, but 100% rely on God’s grace to battle for us. Once we realise that we can stop trying and just rely on God’s grace, we realise that we start gaining victory in Jesus over godless living and sinful pleasures. Not only that, but instead of looking ahead in fear or God’s judgement, we look ahead with great anticipation when Christ Jesus, the King of Kings will fully be revealed; where we can talk face to face with our Lord.
Not only does God save us from our sins, but He equips us to keep away from them, with His grace, love and kindness. He is truly a great God to be served.