11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
Now what is grace? Grace is God’s love to us. Grace is God’s love that causes God to give to us. Grace is God’s love that causes God to give to us where there is no merit. Grace is God’s love that causes God to give to us when there is much demerit. Grace is God’s love that causes God to give to us where there is no merit and much demerit, when we don’t even want it. He must find us, and persuade us that we need it. And grace is God’s love that gives at great, great cost to God Himself
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
Anybody, any place, any time, no matter how wicked, how vile, can come to Him in repentance and faith, and will be saved gloriously, instantaneously, radically, dramatically, eternally—saved by the grace of God. Not one thing to earn, but there is much to learn
Negatively, it teaches that Christians should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts; positively, it teaches that believers should live in right relations to self, others, and God.
That is what the grace of God can do. Look what God’s grace has done. This is my son in the faith.” That brings me to ask another question: Do you have any children in the faith? Are you a spiritual father? Are you a spiritual mother? Do you have children? Is there anybody that you can look, and say, “Did you know I won him to Jesus? That’s my son. That’s my daughter.” You can’t do anything more wonderful than to share your faith and to bring somebody else to Jesus Christ. You say, “Well, God didn’t call me to do that, Pastor. God just called me to preach.” Or, “God called me to teach.” Or, “God called me to give.” There’s nothing wrong with you that a good dose of salvation or an old-fashioned revival wouldn’t cure.
A Christian who doesn’t win souls is like a bus driver who won’t drive a bus. He’s like a barber who won’t cut hair. It’s not optional; God has commanded us. Jesus said, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me” (Acts 1:8). The question comes: Do you have any children?