But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he 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,whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7
The hope that every Christian has hinges on what Christ did – it has nothing to do with us, except for the fact that we’ve come to believe in Christ and His sacrifice on Calvary – just as we are. Our righteousness is not even almost good enough, but God’s grace and mercy are what we place our faith and trust in. That is why we have the hope of eternal life, but we hold on to the Lord because we love Him above all else.
I want to show you something I found on my facebook newsfeed. I was taken aback a bit when I first saw it – and then I read the article and decided that this guy has a pure heart and pure intentions – he really wants people to see Easter in the right way – so look what he did at this FRED’S store in Tennessee…
Every day in this world we watch people backstab and hate each other, but it’s the duty and joyous privilege of God’s children to love one another. Why? Because once we realize that Christ has delivered us from our miserable condition by HIS mercy and free grace, and has given us HIS precious Holy Spirit – we understand that love is the cornerstone of our faith. Without love, it’s a lie. God is love and He wants us to not only love Him, but love one another as He loved us and sent His precious Son to this earth to live and die for our sins.
How will you share your faith today? Maybe you can do it through your job – in creative ways when you stock the Mr. Pibb… or maybe as a retired secretary, you want to start writing a little blog that shares faith, hope, and love with others. There are so many ways to share your faith – but one thing is for sure – if you feel God’s Spirit prompting you to share your faith in some way, you will be miserable if you don’t do it.
Christ is the fountain from which the precious Holy Spirit flows. It’s only through Him we are able to teach and mentor others with patience and prayer. What a blessing to have the Holy Spirit in our lives each day. Because we have Him, we can practice true love and kindness in our daily walk. Think about it… His love and His grace have such great power to change a human heart. Commit the lost to Him and be patient as you share and teach. Remember His timing is not our timing. Never give up on anyone because the Lord did not give up on you. 🙂