“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 3:5-6
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
I think these passages are wonderful reminders for all Believers. Thank God that we don’t have to earn our way to heaven. If that were true, I know that I personally wouldn’t stand a chance of ending up there! Even if I were to spend the last half of my life living like Mother Theresa; I could never “make up” for my bold and Godless years of rebellion.
If Titus 3:5-6 is true, then why do so many believers in Christ walk around feeling condemned all the time? It all comes down to the most basic human condition we all struggle with: pride. Yes, I am fully convinced that that the feeling of condemnation is actually a form of pride.
To feel condemned means that deep in our hearts, we believe it is possible to be as good as God and we are falling short of that possibility. News flash–we aren’t! Our best deeds are as pathetic as dirty rags to a righteous and sinless God.
We need to get over ourselves and get our focus on GOD. It is a lot simpler than many of us make it out to be. Have a thankful heart. A thankful person that is happy with God’s salvation will naturally be moved to do the things that please God. All God wants from His children is a thankful heart that is not so presumptious to assume it is possible to be as good as God. They are just willing to try; one day at a time, moment by moment.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I love you. I am so thankful that you never expected me to be YOU. Help me to remember that. With my perfectionist tendencies, I tend to get down on myself when I feel I have let YOU down. As long as I am putting you first and trying my best, you never expected perfection. These passages in Titus are such freedom to my heart. Give me joy in serving you, and let that joy spread to all who know and deal with me, that they have to know the source…you. In Jesus’ precious name, by the grace of God, thank you for freeing me! Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan