For the first thirty years of my life, I was blinded by the sin that I was living in. That sin consumed my every day, my every thought, and my every action. In my mind I wasn’t as bad as the person next to me, and I wasn’t doing anything illegal that would result in being arrested and put in prison. I was being good enough, and there really wasn’t a reason for me to change.
That was until my eyes were opened when I heard the word of God, and my life was forever changed.
I am thankful for my memory, and that I am able to remember my past. Although remembering the past brings along memories I wish I could forget, it also allows me to see how incredible God is, and how he has redeemed me from that past sin. Without that memory, I wouldn’t have the slightest clue about who I used to be, compared to who I am now.
We all have friends and family who are in need of that saving grace. And we all have been graced by someone in our lives who made an impact on who are in Christ. We have that opportunity to be the same for others. Tonight, I read a few verses in Titus that further showed me the truth about why we need to put on compassionate hearts with those around us:
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
That verse can not be any closer to the truth. At one point in our lives, we were in the same position as that person in need of forgiveness and grace, no matter the sins at hand. All sin separates us from God. I often wonder if those people in my life didn’t share the love of God with me. I could still possibly be lost in my sin, unknowingly waiting to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
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 or Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Let us share the goodness and loving kindness that God has freely given to us. We have no idea how God is going to work in their lives. Only He knows their heart, and if they will repent, deny themselves, and follow Jesus. But we are called for this very purpose, to share the truth about our Lord and Savior.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ