In Titus chapter 3, we see explained in verses 4-7, the kindness of God. It reads,
“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 pored out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:4-7, ESV
Let us dissect and break down this passage.
This passage was taken from the book of Titus in the Bible, which was a letter written from Paul to Titus during a time of great opposition against the apostles. Paul wrote this letter to Titus to give him encouragement and hope in the one we call Jesus.
God wants you to know that he is a kind and loving God. His intentions are pure and there is no evil in him.
Although we live in a broken and heartless world, we can trust the loving God that sent his only son down to Earth to die for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus Christ paid the debt we were due, and because of him, we are now in right standing with God and his kingdom.
When Paul talks about the “goodness and loving kindness of God,” he is talking about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was God’s way of settling our debt. Only a good and kind God would come down to Earth as flesh and sacrifice himself for his creation. Although God’s methods might seem inhumane to some, his intentions have always been for the redemption of mankind – even though we did not deserve it.
When Paul writes, “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy,” Paul is saying that God saved us by mercy, and not by our own good deeds. This means that a man cannot be saved by his own rightness alone, but by the mercy of God through Christ Jesus.
When Paul talks about, “the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ,” he is explaining the gift that God has given us through Jesus’s death. That in this life of pain, heartache and brokenness, that we have the Holy Spirit, the “Comforter” to lead us, guide us, and interpret to us the understandings of God. For it says in 1 Corinthians 2:11,
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:11, ESV
God has given us new life in him, through his son Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit. We are constantly being renewed by God’s Spirit daily, until God’s perfect work is done in us.
God is urging you to not let the deceitful lies of the enemy deter you from accepting his kindness that is in Christ Jesus alone.
For he sees you, and he knows exactly what you’re going through.
Take heart, for your father in heaven sees you and he wants you to know that you are loved and that he cares very passionately for you.
God bless you.