Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Introductory Thoughts

The Lord, in His omniscience, has provided man with everything he needs through salvation and the grace that brings salvation. One might ask, “How does salvation teach sobriety?” A proper understanding of grace and salvation reminds man that he is completely inadequate in and of himself. Apart from the Lord’s intervention, man would be on a slippery slope towards the pits of hell. In his very best state, man’s righteous acts are no better than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). When a man meditates upon his salvation and the grace of God that gave him salvation, he avoids the snare of pride. He knows full well who he is and what God had to do to make him fit for heaven. He knows he owes the Lord a great debt and determines to be alert in his daily walk.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God used the apostle Paul in a mighty way. Yet, he never forgot what God did for him (1 Timothy 1:12-15; 2 Corinthians 10:17). We may not do the wicked things Paul did as he persecuted Christians, but without salvation we are all headed to the same place (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23).
  • (For everyone): What was your life like when the Lord saved you? Were you deserving of God’s grace and mercy? How often do you reflect upon God’s goodness for saving you from an eternity in hell?
  • What happens when people become convinced that they are good enough for salvation and a home in heaven? How does this pride thwart sobriety?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for saving a wretch like you.
  • Ask God to remind you where and how He found you.