Two days ago we looked at 2 Timothy 1:7- “For God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Today’s verse shows the effect of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life and the purpose of God’s grace to us in Christ (Titus 2:11).
God’s salvation leads to changed lives. Today’s verse speaks about the power to say “no” and the power to say “yes.”
The power to say “no” – “to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions…” This is talking about actions and desires. He has saved us for eternal glory and holiness, not for earth’s sin and desire.
What is He teaching you to say “no” to? Bring them to Him in prayer and ask for His help.
The power to say “yes” – “…and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age.” The Christian life is not simply, “Don’t”; it is “Do.”
It is about showing the power of God because we are not controlled by fear or anger or bitterness or lust, but we are self-controlled through His Spirit. It is about showing the holiness of God because we live lives in obedience to His commands. It is about showing the greatness of God by living lives that show we love, honour and treasure Him.
Yes, this verse is a challenge to us – we fall short every day (which is why the previous verse is so important, the grace of God) – but it is also a great blessing. The Lord has not saved us to leave us the same: His purpose is to transform us for His glory and to set us free, not just from the guilt of sin, but from sin’s power also.
Give thanks to Him today, and ask Him to help you say “yes” to His word.