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It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
The “IT” St. Paul is speaking of in this passage is “GRACE,” which he mentions in the first verse. Grace teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions.
In so many other places Paul’s letters spoke about activities and engagements that are forbidden for a “Follower of Jesus.” Any pursuit of such activities would fall under the category of “Ungodliness” and “Worldly Passions.” Certainly grace includes a willingness on the Lord’s part to always forgive. On the other hand, Grace is given in order to build up a healthy ability to say “NO” to the enemy’s temptation. Only as we build up strength in the arena of self control can we lead people toward real “Victory in Jesus.” When an individual endeavors to “Follow Jesus” while carrying chains brought about by a life of self indulgence, it begs the question, “Is Christianity a label change only from non-follower to follower of Jesus? Or is it a transformational change from death to life?” If it falls into the second category, it would have to do with the fact that the new “Follower of Jesus” has learned … The “NO” Side Of Grace.
Thank You for Your grace, which continually keeps me cleansed from unrighteousness. But I also thank You for the power of grace that enables me to say “NO” to unrighteousness! Amen