From Noah to Titus

I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth.
 Genesis 8:21

Though we romanticize the story of Noah's Ark, or turn it into a children's story, it is actually an account of how God's grace was shed on one family. 

Human nature did not change in the thousands of years between the writing of the Book of Genesis and the writing of the Letter to Titus. Nor did the nature of grace. What did change was the presence of Christ in the world. And in Christ, God's grace was given not to a very few, but to all. Our relationship with the Divine has been transformed from one of fear of God's wrath to one of faith, hope, and love: To have faith in the God who loved the world enough to send an only Child to us is to be given hope—a hope that results in new lives, new attitudes, and new priorities. This is what it means to live in the Kindom of Heaven.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly.
 Titus 2:11-12
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
God our light, make your church like a rainbow, shining and proclaiming to all the world that the storm is at an end, there is peace for those who seek it, and love for the forgiving.
 A New Zealand Prayer Book (Anglican)
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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