Happy Thursday! I am blessed to be a part of a group of bloggers who feel led to share a bit of encouragement each week from the Bible. We recognize our daily need for Christ and we aim to share that with our readers. Plus, when Thursday comes around, we can all use a little encouragement right? I hope that this post blesses you and that you find comfort, strength, and peace in the Lord today ❤
4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 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,6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
~Titus 3:4-8 (ESV)
There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. As verse 5 says, “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.” That doesn’t meant that we shouldn’t do good works, but that they can’t save us. There is only one who can save us. Jesus was very clear when he said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Yet even though our works can’t save us, that doesn’t mean we aren’t expected to do them. They are a sign of fruit in our lives as a result of a saving faith in Jesus.
The book of Titus is highly dedicated to encouraging a training up for the next generation of Christian believers. There is an expectation that as we grow and mature in our faith as believers, we need to share what we’ve learned with those who are younger in their faith. Not only are we expected to teach the younger generations how to live for and serve the Lord, but be models of that very lifestyle. We certainly don’t want to be labeled as hypocrites! It’s important for us to practice what we preach, and strive to live for the Lord with our all just as we encourage others to do as well.
This doesn’t mean that we won’t ever fail or have moments of weakness. One of the things about being a Christian is recognizing that we need Jesus all day/everyday. As much as we’d love to be, we will never be perfect in this life. Jesus is the only one who lived a perfect, sinless life. He gave up his life for us so that we could have a restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. The more we come to understand that, the more it should change us and make us want to live more for Him. It’s too good of news for us to keep to ourselves! The more we get to know Jesus, the more we should want to share that knowledge with others and encourage them to learn more about him as well. Faith in Jesus is everything.
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
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Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Gina @ Stories By Gina
Rebecca @Rev. Rebecca Writes
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“It’s important for us to practice what we preach, and strive to live for the Lord with our all just as we encourage others to do as well.”
I love your post today Becca! Especially the idea to practice what I preach. I worry I don’t do this well enough. I don’t want to be a hypocrite ever. With my blog, it’s easy to seem like a good Christian girl, but sometimes I wonder if I’m a fraud. When I feel this worry, I pray more, Bible study a little more, and then get out into my world and do what God has me to do. I hope I’m making Him proud!
Don’t forget that Jesus is the only one who was able to live perfectly! We WILL make mistakes and wrong choices. We won’t be sinless but we can sin less the more we learn about God and abide in Him. Our rest is in Jesus and not anything we can say or do ❤️
I love this, Becca! We can sin less with Jesus on our side. ❤
Thankful for all God has done for me!! Thank you for sharing these verses today!
You’re welcome thanks for stopping by! 🙂