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Summary: To examine how God’s love and grace draws us to Himself

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A Grace that Teaches Us

Titus 2:11-14

Primary Purpose: To speak about how God’s grace draws us to love God

and respond to Him.

This morning, I talked about how God’s love is so different from what

you might expect or even deserve. We are following that same line of

thought tonight as we look at the grace of God that teaches us. God’s grace

according to Titus 2:11-14 teaches us many things. It teaches us to say “no”

to ungodliness and to live godly lives in this present age. It teaches us how to

follow after the Lord. Titus was having to deal with the Cretan people. They

had a bad reputation according to 1:12, it says they are liar, brutes and lazy

gluttons. Paul verified that this is true about this. He also shows that they

must be taught that this is not the way to follow God. Titus must emphasize a

better way of life. I want to look at tonight how it teaches us.

The example of Garbage Mary

There once was a lady named Garbage Mary.

She was dubbed that name by the media, she was picked up by police

in a shopping mall in Delray Beach, Florida. She was a filthy mess- and so

were her car and her two bedroom apartment. Neighbors told of her

scrounging through garbage cans in search of food, which she took back to

her apartment. Police found the garbage everywhere; in the refrigerator, in

the stove, in the cabinets-even in the bathtub.

But, they found other things as well. They found Mobil Oil Stock

worth more than $400,000. They found documents indicating she owned oil

fileds in Kansas, stock certificates from prominent firms, and passbooks from

eight large bank accounts. Police also discovered that Garbage Mary was the

daughter of a well-to-do lawyer and bank director from Illonois, who had died

several years earlier.

Garbage Mary was a millionaire, but she lived like a pauper. Great

wealth was at her fingertips, but she spent her life sifting through garbage and

trash.

There is an obvious analogy here. Too many Christians waste their

lives bedaubed with rubbish instead of wearing the royal robes of purity and

holiness which their Father holds out to them. Why live like Garbage Mary

when you can live like the child of the King. Claim your inheritance.

1. By increasing our love for God- v.11,14. God’s grace is a grace that

brings salvation. It teaches us that God loves all men. Notice the word “all”

is used in v.11. It is inclusive, it means everyone. He doesn’t just love the

loveable. Some people are loveable, they are easy to love, but many people

aren’t. Many people are mean and cruel. God’s love is offered many times

when the person doesn’t receive it. When I realize how much God loves me,

that makes me want to love Him more. John 14:23 tells me that my

obedience is proof of my love. In other words, grace reveals God’s love and

grace to me, then I grow in love which results in obedience. Obedience

always follows love. If I want to overcome sin, the answer is love God.

Then the things of this world will lose their appeal.

God could break me with His power. He could overwhelm me with

fear. He could break my will by His Presence and overwhelm by life by His


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