19 November 2019 – Titus 3:4-7 (NIV)

19 November 2019 – Titus 3:4-7 (NIV)

Scripture

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.

Reflection

“But when the kindness of the love of our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we have 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 grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

This verse is the Good News of Jesus Christ!  It is a message of love.  The emphasis is not on what we do or shouldn’t do, but the focus is on the grace and mercy of God.  It is God alone that saves. This verse addresses two mistaken views of salvation:  one, that Christians have somehow earned the reward of salvation by doing good things; and two, that people need to first ‘get right’ before they can become a Christian.  Quite the contrary, our salvation is not by our righteous acts, but by a love that was generously given to anyone who receives it.  We are saved by God’s goodness, and because of Jesus, we can be “heirs” of the Almighty King.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for wisdom, healing and peace across your home country.

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Charlie Engelmann - Elder
Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.