These are not suggestions
about what God’s people ought to be:
“We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Since God has ordained that His people walk in good works, we are assured that God will graciously cause them to do so by the sweet constraint of His grace.
Grace experienced, makes Christians gracious.
Mercy tasted, makes Christians merciful.
Faith bestowed, makes Christians faithful.
Kindness known, makes Christians kind.
Forgiveness enjoyed, makes Christians forgiving.
Love felt, makes Christians loving.
These are not suggestions about what God’s people ought to be, but statements of fact about what all true believers are.
Believers are a people who, being saved by grace, ruled by love, and motivated by gratitude–seek the will and glory of God in all things.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” Titus 2:11-12