Titus 3:7 Have Hope By His Grace

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

Throughout the world people work hard to accomplish great things in their own lives or those around them. As they work hard, they hope that they will succeed or make a difference.

All their hope is found in their own abilities and what they have done, and is being compared with what others have done. Often there is a lot of insecurity and fear of not being able to succeed or make the difference desired. There is no solid hope to hold on to.

As Paul talks about salvation, he points out that people are justified by God’s grace so that they can have the assurance of eternal life.

People like to know that what they did was good and good for something. They want to be able to earn what they receive. As a result of this desire, people will try to justify all of their actions as good and worthwhile. The world will justify sin in the name of freedom.

Believers will often try to justify their salvation by what they have done. Some will point out all the good things that they have done, how they read their bible and go to church, then claim that they are clean before God and deserve heaven.

Once a person sins, he has an eternal death sentence upon his head that nothing he can do will remove. Doing all the good things in the world and living perfectly does not remove the judgement against sin.

It is only by the grace of God that any person can have that judgement removed. It is putting trust and hope in the work of Jesus Christ that saves and gives the assurance of eternal life to come.

Your life is no different than that of any other person that has lived upon this earth. You are or were a sinner who did not know God, nor Jesus Christ. All the good things that you were doing fell short of getting you into heaven.

God in His great mercy and grace sent Jesus to pay for your sins. If you have chosen to repent and believe in what Jesus did, you will be justified before God from all your sins and given the hope of eternal life. This hope is assurance that it will happen, but not by your works, but by God’s grace.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not work for your salvation, but trust in the work of Jesus Christ; that you will know you have eternal life in Jesus; and that you will live your life believing in and following God.

Psalm 45:2 What Do Your Words Say About You?

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You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. Psalm 45:2 

A person is often known by how he speaks. Every person speaks a little differently. This is not talking about the language being spoken, but what words are they saying and how they talk to and about other people.

Some are known for gruff talk. They will speak harshly about many different things and people. Often they appear as a grumpy person.

Others will be known for speaking in pride. All that they say is things about themselves.

Some are always cutting others down, making jokes. No one can tell if they are ever serious.

Still others speak with compassion and building others up.

The writer speaks of  a person who is an excellent person. He is excellent because he speaks with grace. His words are kind and merciful to those he is speaking to or about.

It is not common to find a person who is always gracious in what he says. Too often the words spoken are cutting others down or being prideful about self. It is easy for a person to find fault in others.

Believers are often known for constantly finding fault in those who do not follow Jesus or their way of worshipping God. They often do not show the grace that God has shown them.

The person who has his heart set after God’s will speak like Jesus spoke–with grace, love and mercy.

Every person has faults of one type or another. No one is exactly the same. Since this is the case, believers must remember that and speak accordingly with grace, allowing the other person some room to grow in the Lord.

Take a moment to think about how you speak to or about other people. What are your words saying? Are they words that build up or tear down?

People are always listening to what you say. They want to know if what you are saying is matching what you say you are living. You say that you are a follow of Jesus, then that means you must be like Jesus. One of the fastest ways to know if you are following Jesus is by how you speak.

People will know you by what you say. Do they see you as a person of grace? Or do they see you as a person of judgement?

Fill your mouth with words of grace as you speak.

I pray today that you will know God’s grace towards you; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will speak with God’s grace and love.