Titus 3 1:8
1Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
3At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he 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, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
I got this verse today right in the middle of service today. Right after something was said that I don't agree with. It was more than I didn't agree with it, it has rocked my soul all day. Replaying in my head and heart over and over. It's not about whether I agree with the person who said it, it just goes against all I believe that God is.
And it seriously rocked my world.
And all day I remembered this scripture. All day Ithought about how we are justified by His grace and not by the things we've done. We can't do enough right things to get us into Heaven. And thankfully God did not leave that up to me, because left to myself, I'd screw it all up.
But even though we're saved by grace and mercy, that certainly doesn't mean that I think that we should run out and act like a bunch of knuckleheads. Somehow I think that we should see that we're saved and live the life God tells us to live and when we fall, get up by the reaching hand He has out for us.
I don't think I am done exploring this issue...
But I am really glad for grace and mercy.