For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 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. (Titus 2:11-14)
My husband and I both love food. We both love the process of creating new dishes and then enjoying them. We try to eat sensibly and use healthy foods with lots of greens and whole grains. However, when there is a potluck or a buffet, there is a real struggle going on. I think it’s more of wanting to try everything rather than hunger that makes us eat more than we should at those times. It really helps to make a decision before going what we will eat and when we will say, “no more.”
In this world, there are many temptations. Most are not good for our well being. God gives us the ability to say no through his Holy Spirit. This is not a sacrifice to God; it is an act of obedience for our good. To live a life that is self-controlled, upright and godly in this present age is going against the flow of our culture and is difficult. That’s why we need God’s grace to accomplish it. It’s definitely worth continually practicing this way of life for God’s glory shines brightly through it for all to see drawing people to himself. People today need hope, and when they see the hope we have, they want it, too.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the ability to say no to things that are not beneficial to me. I pray that I will continue to look to you for the hope you so freely give. Amen
Faith tip: Today practice saying “no” to things that you know are not beneficial to you.