Titus 2:11-12

There is an article circulating on the different social networks entitled "Why I Miss Being a Born-Again Christian" written by a lady named Jessica Misener. One of the big points of the article was that she felt like such a better person when she was following Christian principles (selflessness, humility, kindness, generosity), but she wandered from the faith after going to grad school to study religion and coming to the conclusion that the Bible is flawed.

The author seems to be a classic case of Hebrews 6:4-6, but that is not where I want to focus today. The author said that she is just as capable of being the "good person" she wants to be now as she was when she believed the Bible, but she doesn't do it.

I cannot say where that author stands in relationship to God (though it seems bleak), but she did a good job making the point that believing the Bible (which I still do) requires us to exhibit certain behaviors. As believers we are given grace from God which empowers us to live in a way that defies our human nature. In verse 16 of chapter 1 it says that certain people claim to be Christians, but their actions deny it. Others, like the author of the article, maintain a facade for a while, but as their passion cools, a lack of true faith makes a changed life unsustainable.

The only way one can live a life of true godliness is through true faith by grace from God.

Titus 2:11-12   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.