but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, [titus 3:4-6]
we know forgiveness, we know life, we know God – because of God’s love and work – not ours.
today, if you are saved, rescued from your sin and God’s wrath, by the goodness and loving kindness of God – take this moment to sit in his presence and savor, rejoice, reflect, and engage your Savior. below are a series of quotes and verses on his love and work and our lack of it in our salvation. soak them in, meditate on God’s voice and the testimony of saints. enjoy him – enjoy his grace!
come Lord Jesus – speak!
but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, [titus 3:4]
it’s not our faith that delivers us, as if believing something, anything at all were pleasing to God. It’s the object of our faith – Christ’s life, death, and resurrection – that saves us. Jesus Christ alone saves! – kevin de young
though the bible was written over sixteen centuries by at least forty authors, it has one central theme–salvation by grace through faith in Christ. – max lucado.
my evidence that i am saved does not lie in the fact that i preach, or that i do this or that. all my hope lies in this: that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. i am a sinner, he came to save me, and he did. – charles spurgeon
not because of works done by us in righteousness, [titus 3:5a]
we need to remember that we are saved by grace when we fail. but we need to remember it much more when we succeed. – tim keller
God has nothing to say to the self-righteous. unless you humble yourself before him in the dust, and confess before him your iniquities and sins, the gate of heaven, which is open only for sinners, saved by grace, must be shut against you forever. d l moody
but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, [titus 3:4-6]
what is sin? it is the glory of God not honored. the holiness of God not reverenced. the greatness of God not admired. the power of God not praised. the truth of God not sought. the wisdom of God not esteemed. the beauty of God not treasured. the goodness of God not savored. the faithfulness of God not trusted. the commandments of God not obeyed. the justice of God not respected. the wrath of God not feared. the presence of God not prized. the person of God not loved. that is sin … my sin. what is grace? holy God put all this sin and punishment on Jesus – to give us the righteousness of Christ so we could be with him. what grace! – john piper
God relentlessly offers his grace to people who do not deserve it, or seek it, or even appreciate it after they have been saved by it. – tim keller
c s lewis walked into a room of his colleagues as they were discussing christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, “oh, that’s easy. it’s grace.”
~ john ryan