11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the 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 wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
When my children were little, I would often say ‘no’ to them when they wanted something that I thought would not be beneficial to them. If we were to agree to everything they wanted, they would grow up feeling entitled and wouldn’t know how to respond when they do not get what they want. As we grow up into adulthood, nobody is telling us ‘no’ anymore to ungodliness and worldly passions. The world can grow into a narcissist and selfish place where it is every man or woman for themselves.
This passage reminds us that God’s Spirit is always at work and the grace of God teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions. Only when we contemplate and are grateful for the grace of God that has given us salvation, can we live self-controlled, upright and godly lives. Jesus Christ gave himself for us to redeem us from this world of evil and to purify our lives so that we can please God.