My parents gave me a maxim to live by that I never forgot: “As being human, be a better human being.” Being a good human being is not so easy when anger and resentment gets in the way.
The Apostle Paul said in Titus 3:11-12,
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…” (ESV)
Christian spirituality exhorts us to live godly and upright lives which Paul the Apostle told Titus. Religion says I have to do it. I know that in my human power, I cannot do it.
The good news is this: the grace of God (gift of Jesus Christ himself) has appeared to usher in salvation for humankind. Paul said, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.” In Jesus, this grace of God comes to us despite our failures and guilt. We don’t earn it. It’s a free gift. We are no longer condemned by our personal failure to live out the law. Shame and guilt no longer controls us. God has now given all humankind a new hope. This is why this Christian/Advent message of peace also comes with a hope-filled exhortation.
The Holy Spirit invites us to take a step to welcome Jesus into our imperfect lives. God has called you into his spiritual calling. As for me, answering his call has given me hope for a peace-filled life, knowing that I have made peace with God, and God has made peace with me. This is God’s solution for me in becoming a “better human being.”