40 Days of Grace- Day 30

Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Whew, that scripture is a powerful mouthful of grace and its blessings! We’re are going to have to take it one bite at a time. Salvation comes through God’s grace which as we have learned are expressions of His kindness and love. This has absolutely nothing to do with us, with our goodness, our righteous deeds (as Paul said are as filthy rags before God). So many people in the world see God as “The Great Accounter of Deeds,” through which somehow in the end, the ledger is going to come out in their favor. “God won’t remember the bad things as much as He remembers the good ones,” we self-justify. But our salvation is granted not by our righteousness or goodness but only because of God’s grace and mercy. Apart from that we have no hope of forgiveness, no hope of salvation and certainly no hope for eternal life. How debilitating and devastating human pride can be!

7 Comments

  1. Hi. Gloria and I missed you today. I like these verses. Scripture is indeed powerful. These verses remind me the mercy and grace of God. A question to ponder -What is the difference between them? Here is some pondering from my limited human mind:
    By mercy God accept us in His presence, but by grace God desires us. His mercy saves us from His wrath. His grace makes us a subject of His love. We are alive because of God’s mercy, but we live today because we have purpose because of His grace. Mercy is deliverance from judgment, but grace is extension of God’s kindness.

    • Mercy is not getting justice you deserve; While Grace is the attitude of gratitude for this unexpected turn of events. Realizing that God has forgiven you for this or that gives you the ability to simply forgive your self, and move on in this new paradigm. The Grace also is the new found ability to walk out this faith in day to day life. So mercy is how God looks at us, while Grace is how we live out this new found reality. We are saved by faith through (the medium) of Grace.

      Jesus mentioned that the one forgiven more had greater love, The process of remembering that first point of forgiveness (salvation) also recalls that first passionate LOVE for God. .We refuel the passion for the things of God by remembering that first encounter with The Goodness of The Most High God.

      As these things are worked out by “knee and toe steps;” please share your experience as well.

  2. How freeing it is to realize my salvation does not depend on me! God graciously saves me because He loves me – just as I am but too much to leave me as I am. He graciously calls me and enables me to grow and become more like Jesus. Praise God for His grace and mercy!

  3. Missed both of you today! This is why I love to read the Bible every day. It reminds me constantly that I can do nothing good without Him and that He is with me constantly. It also gives me strength to know that he is with me. Like the 23rd Psalm says. My favorite Psalm. It is wonderful to know that God loved us first! That shook me up when I first heard that. For sure, He has been merciful to me! Thank you Lord!

  4. God loves His creation, of which we are just a part. He knew that giving us free will would cause us to be disobedient and alienate us from His holiness. Yet, He had a plan to redeem those who would repent, turning away from sin, in order to restore the intimate relationship enjoyed by Adam and Eve before they were deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden. It was by free will that man fell from grace and it is by free will that we are born again through our belief in Jesus Christ as God’s only Son, divine, incarnate, crucified and resurrected, the Savior and Lord of us all. He deserves our greatest praise, thanksgiving, devotion, and our investment of our time with Him in the Word. His mercies are new each day! Praise be to God!

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