The Balanced Definition And Biblical Teaching Of Grace - Titus 2:II-15

The reason we should act properly

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee”. Titus 2:II-15

The word "for" in this verse links this verse with the preceding one. The reason we should act properly in our dealings is because God's grace has come to everyone and given every person a revelation of right and wrong (Romans 1:18-20).

If grace alone saved, then all people would be saved because the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared, or come, to all. But we have to respond to God's grace in faith. Faith alone doesn’t save us either.

If God hadn't provided salvation by His grace, our faith would have had nothing to appropriate. Grace is what He has already done for us completely independent of what we deserve. So the balanced definition and biblical teaching of grace when related to sin is to restore, heal, deliver, and then go and sin no more.

Correction has its place, but don't let condemnation keep you or anyone else from restoration, healing, and every other benefit of grace. Grace teaches us to live a holy life.