For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is that we are called “to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly.” Think about ways in which you are living up to this call upon your life. Think about ways that you are falling short of this goal. What could you do to be a more positive Christian example of God’s love in this world?
God of all ages,
in the birth of Christ
your boundless love for your people
shattered the power of darkness.
Be born in us with that same love and light,
that our song may blend with all the choirs of heaven and earth
to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
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