11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,
Heavenly Father, your grace “appeared” in our lives, like a rescue mission in our bleakest lostness; like an artesian spring when we were dying of thirst; like the most unexpected welcome in seasons of our foolish rebellion and insufferable self-righteousness. You meet us where we are, and take us to your heart.
You brought your saving grace to us, for there’s no other way we would’ve found it. Thank you for your irresistible, indefatigable, inexhaustible grace, which you pour out on us generously in Jesus. None of us is either beyond the reach or the need of your grace. You “giveth more grace” because we “need-eth more grace.”
12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…
Now that we’ve been justified by grace through faith, we’re being taught, trained, and transformed by the same grace. You get all the credit for every aspect of our salvation.
Thank you for working in us both to will and do the things that honor you. You give us the motivation and means for becoming like Jesus. Thank you for calling us to live by the contours and rhythms of grace—saying “Yes” to more of Jesus, and “No” to the things that dishonor you.
13 waiting for our 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 lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
And what a blessed hope you’ve given us— Father. Thank for your commitment to complete the good grace-work you began in us, and in the whole cosmos. When Jesus returns, we will see him as he is and we’ll be made completely like him. Until then, keep burning the dross from our lives; keep rescuing us from under-believing the gospel; keep intensifying our love for the things that matter most to you. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ exalted and loving name.