The Deeper Purposes of Grace 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. ~ Titus 2:11-13

There are many who see God’s grace simply in terms of forgiveness; however, the power of His grace goes much deeper than that. God’s grace instructs and transforms. Whereas persons once lived immorally, dishonestly, and godlessly, grace begins to teach persons to think differently (see Rom. 12:1-2). As a result, persons begin living and behaving differently. They begin to live morally and as persons with a growing integrity. If one’s life, thinking, and desires have not genuinely changed, it is doubtful he knows the first thing about God’s amazing grace. Redemption in Christ is far more than just being forgiven, but it is about metamorphosis (transformation).

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