It was said earlier that being saved means we have been brought from darkness into light and also being delivered from the life of sin. So it means that previously, we lived a sinful lifestyle. However, now that we have come to Jesus and have been saved, we have a new life with its own characters and features which we must live to the glory of God who has saved us. This proves that we have truly been saved. Titus 2:11-13 clearly spells out this life we have to live. It breaks it into two parts: the things we must avoid and the things we must do. We will consider the first part today.
We are told that the grace that brings salvation teaches to say to ungodliness, which is a lifestyle characterized by sin – any act that does not please God. So before we came to Christ, if we used to have any such lifestyle such as stealing, fornication, anger, homosexuality, lying, witchcraft, jealousy, etc.., we must stop engaging in them because they do not please God. Those who do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21) and so will be in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). We are also told to avoid worldly lust/passion. Worldly lust is the desires we have that lead us into ungodliness.
So if we have such desires, we should not follow them. We should avoid people or situations that gives us these sinful desires. By living like this, we show the world how different Christ has made us.