Titus 2:11-14 (NIV)
11For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
John 15:9-14 (CEB)
9“As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. 12This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
Salvation—total forgiveness of our sins and eternal life in paradise—is our free gift from God. There is nothing we can do to earn it.
Still, it seems like there should be some proper response to this gift, which was bought with the shed blood of Jesus.
There is. Jesus says that if we want to honor him, we will show his kind of love to others—always treating them with respect, patience, kindness, and dignity. The Scripture also says that we should have self-control and keep ourselves free of the things that would pull us away from God.
In what ways are you responding to Jesus’ great sacrifice? How has it made a difference in your life? Where could you “beef up” your response to God’s graciousness?
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