Titus 3:3, “At 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.”
Do you ever make decisions by looking at the pros and cons of that particular decision?
Imagine if God decided whether to save us with a list of pros and cons. The con side would include: foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved, envious, hating. What would He list on the pro side? NOTHING! There is no reason why God should save us. Yet He lists on the page: “MY kindness, MY love, MY mercy.”
God didn’t look at us and think, “Oh, they’re not TOO bad.” Or, “I can see some potential there!” He saw a thousand reasons to condemn us forever.
How would you complete the sentence, “God accepts me because ____________.”
If I think I will be saved because of something I have done, then I am not saved. I can have no confidence. Our acceptance before God is: “Not because of righteous things we have done” (Titus 3:5). Saving faith involves removing faith in ourselves. It involves stripping away confidence in anything except God.
We need to read Titus 3:3 (above) and feel the weight of the truth about who we are and what we are like, and see that God’s kindness does not mean injustice. He will punish sin. He has punished sin.