11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
There are many who strangely believe that because they live under the grace of God and have received his mercy that they can live their lives anyway they desire. But Paul reminds Titus and us that the grace of God in our lives has a purpose – our holiness. Paul says that God’s grace is training us, that is to say that the grace of God is working in our lives like a physical trainer or coach would do with an athlete, making her better, stronger, faster. The grace of God works in us in the same way so that we might hate our sin and love godliness. But as the grace works in our lives one thing becomes clear – there are good days and bad days. There are moments, sometimes every day that we slip back into our sinful ways. We stumble, we fall, we falter, and we fail. But grace is right there to pick us up, offer us forgiveness and cleansing, and give us a vision of Jesus Christ our Savior. So we struggle in this life, but grace also gives us hope as we look for that day when our Savior will finally appear, our blessed hope, our final salvation, our complete perfection, the fullness of our inheritance. He’s the one who came in the first palace so we might be freed from lawlessness and sin and he’s the one who works to purify us in this life and for the life to come. Until that time we keep our faith by looking to him and in gratitude for his good work in our life we love and serve our neighbors.