Our scripture this morning is Titus 3:3-8.
“Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But— When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.”
Paul writes to his friend Titus with a summary of salvation. He tells him God “saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit” (v.5). We must remember this in our own lives and repeat it when we share the Good News.
God offers His mercy to everyone, no matter who they are or what they have done. All who call on the name of the Lord can be saved. Psalm 136 opens with “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His mercy endures forever” and this song of praise should be on our lips always.
Paul reminds us that we were once sinners too, but Jesus has shown us the way to reconnect with God. Through Christ’s sacrifice for us we have been made right with God and called to be part of His redemptive plan. Let us go in faith to share this awesome gift.
Loving Lord, we are sorry for the times we forget Your love for us and fail to love each other as You intend. Forgive us and send us to share the blessing of the Gospel with everyone. Amen.