Titus 3:3-7 ERV; In the past we were foolish too. We did not obey, we were wrong, and we were slaves to the many things our bodies wanted and enjoyed. We lived doing evil and being jealous. People hated us and we hated each other. But then the kindness and love of God our Savior was made known. He saved us because of his mercy, not because of any good things we did. He saved us through the washing that made us new people. He saved us by making us new through the Holy Spirit. God poured out to us that Holy Spirit fully through Jesus Christ our Savior. We were made right with God by his grace. God saved us so that we could be his children and look forward to receiving life that never ends.
As I was reading this passage, I got so excited just thinking about how I was and how I am today simply because of Gods grace. So many verses popped into my mind, but one in particular; By grace we are saved, not by working for it. It’s a gift of God, not of works, we can’t boast in ourselves. There is absolutely nothing I have to do or can do to deserve the gift of salvation. And salvation doesn’t just mean I’m saved from sin. It means I’m saved from disease, lack, poverty, death and any other curse the law would try to heap on me.
He saved me because of His mercy. He saved me by washing me of all my uncleanness. He saved me by making me new through His Holy Spirit. What a gift that keeps on giving. Best gift ever! It’s like having an open-ended checking account with a never ending supply. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Never having to worry about anything ever again? Well guess what. That’s what God has always wanted for us. His son paid the price once and for all. Everything we needed or will ever need has already been provided through the one sacrifice.
Hard to believe, isn’t it! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to be sure it’s still true. Oh, satan tries to lie and convince me otherwise, but I just keep speaking what the Word says and he runs with his tail between his legs. He hates when we know who we are and take a stand against his lies. He may continue coming back when we’re down and discouraged, that’s why we build ourselves up by praying in the Holy Spirit. Do like Jesus, speak like Jesus and send him on his way!
Father, I’m forever grateful for all You’ve done for me. I continually find more and more to be thankful for. Each time I read Your word and find new promises, I claim them for myself. It’s like a continual birthday with more gifts than I could open by myself. How I love you! You’re always with me and always on time with everything you have planned for my life. I’m glad my mind never turns off because I can think on you all day and all night. With all my heart I thank You and give You all the glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen