Sunday Devotional: Titus 3:4-7

“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.

Sunday Devotional: Titus 2:11-15

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.  Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”  (Titus 2:11-15)

We have our hope in Jesus.  We have our hope in Jesus because of what he has done.  He gave himself up and died for our sins.  He did this so we could be redeemed back from our sin, so we can be made pure.  He did this so we can be God’s people again.  He did it so we can be about good works, not to make ourselves righteous, but because Jesus has made us righteous by His works.

Paul in his letter to Titus give a lot of instruction.  These few verses here show how we are able to do those things.  We can do them because of who Christ is and what He has done.  Even in this present day, we can live holy lives that are pleasing to God if we follow Jesus because of who Jesus is and what He has done.  Let us this week remember that and live that out.