When you start digging into the various characteristics of grace, it is amazing what Scripture reveals for us to learn. Read carefully the following verses.
“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” (Titus 2:11–12).
Not only has the grace of God brought “salvation for all people,” but it also trains believers, those who have been saved to live God-honoring lives by that same grace. How does grace train us? We must connect the operating of grace in the believer with the Holy Spirit who also “dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). This provision from God was the extension of Christ being with us (16:7) so that His grace would be instantly available to every believer who “walks by the Spirit”, is “led by the Spirit,” and “lives by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 18, 25).
The writer of Hebrews warns about “failing to obtain the grace of God” (12:15). Because we have the Spirit living within us, He is always available, but there is a danger of us not allowing Him to make grace effective in our lives because we either grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30) or we quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5;19) by ignoring or suppressing His work of grace in us. The result will be our own failure and weakness and the defilement of those around us.
Let the grace of God have its effective training in you so that others benefit as well.
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