“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love
for mankind appeared,
He saved us—
not by works of righteousness that we had done,
but according to His mercy,
through the washing of regeneration
and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that having been justified by His grace,
we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)
In conversations this week I was reminded again of God’s grace on each one of us. It is by God’s grace we have the opportunity to be forgiven our our sins. It is not by anything we can do to earn salvation. Jesus did all the work on the cross to pay for our sins. He’s the one that makes us justified before the Father.
And the scandalous thing is this grace is open to anyone and everyone who repents and believes. In God’s lovingkindness and mercy, He offers this grace and mercy to any and all. He pours out this grace and mercy abundantly to all people. No matter how sinful, if one only repents of their sins and trusts Jesus as Lord and Savior and follows Him, salvation is there.
This week, let us remember how much we have been blessed. We have been blessed by a loving and merciful God who has shown us much mercy and grace. We have been blessed that we have someone in Jesus Christ, who knows what we’re going through and loved us so much to die for our sins and gave us the opportunity for new life. And we are blessed with the Holy Spirit to remember these things and to help us to keep pressing on being faithful to the calling of following Jesus.