11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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 appearing of the glory 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 good.” Titus 2:11-14 TNIV
Looking again at “grace” – it is a subject of unfathomable depth and much is misunderstood about its reality. This particular passage lets us know that when we are experiencing true grace, we are being taught about the nature of the one who gives it to us. We are taught godliness – the ability to be like the one who is gifting us with Himself.
Some have felt and believed that grace is the permissive nature of our Father, and therefore, anything goes. Well, this has edges of truth, but if taken too far we end up in something that is not grace at all. Grace as the air we breath in the Spirit of God, teaches us to order our lives in His nature. It is not a legal thing. It is a “presence” thing. As we choose to live our lives with a constant awareness of His being “always with us,” we begin to realize an empowerment in this “acceptance breath” to soar in Him and learn how our lives reflect Him. We become as He is (1 John 4:17b). That is not a “power” statement, but rather a nature statement.
As we relax in His nature, we are empowered to live in that godliness that comes from His very being. It is not a work matter, but an acceptance matter. Our “doing” becomes a product of our “being” instead of our doing trying to make us the “being.”