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11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12
It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and
to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14
who 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
desires a people for himself—people who are purified by his grace,
and are eager to do what is good. God's grace is more than forgiveness
and mercy; it is our teacher. It teaches us to say "No" to
ungodliness and worldly passion. It teaches us to live
self-controlled lives that honor God.
God's grace is also our strength for transformation. It purifies our hearts, redeems us from wickedness, and shapes our desires.
Response and Action:
want to be taught by God's grace. I want and need to learn how to say
"No" to ungodliness. I want to say "No" to worldly passion. I want
to honor God and learn how to live a self-controlled life by the
power and grace of the Holy Spirit.
I will draw upon
the power of God's grace for transformation, redemption, and
purification. I will prayerfully identify the things I need to say
"No" to in order to live a godly life. I will look to God for the
strength I need, trusting his gracious promise to shape the desires of
God, help me to live for you and through this day in thought, word,
and deed. Help me to turn away from what is wrong, and to do what is
right. Teach me to say "No" to ungodliness, and teach me to say "Yes"
to all that is righteous and true. By the power and grace of your
Holy Spirit, make me yours and help me to honor you. Change my heart
and help me to live a self-controlled life. Through Christ, Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 8:10-11
10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in
you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your
mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
Revolution of Character: Discovering Christ's Pattern for Spiritual Transformation
by Dallas Willard and Don Simpson