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.
I’ve got some good news and bad news for you.
First, the Bad News.
The bad news is that there is nothing you can do that can make you good enough for God to love you. So many people go through life hoping they can be good enough for God. The truth is, when you try your hardest and do your best, you will still fall short of being good enough for God.
Now the Good News
The good news is, it doesn’t matter. Your goodness has nothing to do with God’s love for you. This promise reminds you that you are saved, not because of the good things you have done, but because of God’s mercy poured out on you.
Mercy is not getting what you deserve.
You don’t deserve to be a child of God. You don’t deserve to be loved by God. You deserve separation from God for all eternity, but God’s mercy reached beyond what you deserved and loved you.
As a result of His mercy, two things have happened to you.
First, you have been reborn.
The Bible says you were born into sin. Your very nature was in rebellion to God. But through faith in Christ, you are reborn as a child of God. You are an entirely new person in Jesus Christ.
Second, you are renewed
The Holy Spirit is renewing your mind and your heart. Your very nature has been changed to be like Christ. God is renewing your mind through His word, and making you more and more like Jesus.
Salvation is not about what you have done, or what you deserve, but about what Christ has done and how He is working in your life today.
Look at that verse one more time.
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. – Titus 3:5
Confess this with me.
I can never be good enough for God.
God’s mercy has been poured out on me.
I don’t deserve God’s love, but because of His mercy, I am loved.
Through faith, I have been reborn in Christ.
Jesus is renewing my mind and my heart to be like Him.
In Jesus Name,
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