Titus 3:4-7, “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
The kindness of the Savior. This is not just a catchy phrase. This is not just some rhetoric. This is real. The real love, mercy and kindness of Jesus, the Son of God. The Almighty loves us so much and His Son also loves us so much. It is because of what Jesus did that shows the ultimate act of kindness.
Kindness and love appeared to man. It appeared in the form of a man, but not just any man. This man was all man but also all God. His name is Jesus. He came to be an example to all of us. He came to show love and kindness to a world that needed both. he came to be an example of how to live. He went through life, facing a myriad of issues so that we can learn how to handle them. He also came to die so that we might life.
We cannot live based on our works alone. All the good things that we do cannot earn our salvation. We can love as best as we can, give to the poor as much as we can, donate our time to the best of our ability. All of this will not even come close to what we need to be with God in Heaven after this life is over. We cannot buy salvation. We cannot earn salvation. We cannot win salvation. It is a gift from God.
God, by His mercy, provided salvation. He sent His Son to die on a cross in a most humiliating way so that sin and death could be destroyed forever. The power of sin and death would not have the same effect. There still would be sin and there still would be a physical death. What changed after the death and resurrection of Jesus is that sin does not have the same effect on the one that is forgiven by God. Death is only physical to the one that accepts the gift of God that is salvation.
When one is saved, there is a change that occurs. There is a transformation that comes in the washing from the Holy Spirit. The old self is crucified along with Christ and the new self is taken on. The washing that occurs is a spiritual one that involves removing the old and putting on the new. Jesus takes our dirt, dingy self and makes us white as snow. This similar to the baptism where one is submerged to signify the old self washed and made anew.
This gift is abundant to all. It is not for a select few. It is not for only the elite. All can partake of salvation. Through the confession of sins and the acknowledgement that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, salvation can be given. Seems easy. And it is. And yet, it is not. Salvation does not stop there. There must be a constant effort put in place to live a life for God. Salvation is not a “cure-all, end-all.” It is, however, a step in the right direction on our path to Heaven with God Almighty.
When we are saved, we are made heirs to all that is God’s. Eternal life is ours when we are saved. All the treasure of God’s becomes ours. To be an heir is to be entitled to all that someone, in this case God, has. God wants us to be more than heirs though. He wants us to call Him, Father, making us His children. He wants to have a relationship with us that is on a deep level. He wants to know us.
God did not have His Son come to Earth on a whim. It was all planned out according to a plan. God’s will. Let us not waste this gift and accept it with mind, body and soul. Let us run to our Father in Heaven and embrace Him. Let us let Him love us with all the love that He has. God is waiting for each of us to accept His gift. He rejoices at every person’s salvation. Give God a reason to rejoice again. Be saved today. Come to God. Come to the kindness and love of the Savior of the World.
Thank You that we can call You “Father.” We are Your children. Thank You that we can have a relationship with You. You know us better than we know ourselves. You even thought to get us a gift that we didn’t even know that we needed. That gift is salvation. We cannot express how much we love this gift that was given. We also can never repay this gift. All we can do is gladly accept it and listen to You. Help us to follow You with all that we are. Help us to never forget that You are there. Let us rely on You for our needs always.
In Your name we pray,