“He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done but because of His own pity and mercy, by the cleansing on the new birth and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”   Titus 3:5

A treadmill is one of the most effective tools for burning calories, despite the fact that the person exercising stays in the same place. Similarly, so it is with people who try to work their way to righteousness. We understand that grace is what saved us but believe they must pay God back with good works in order to remain saved.

Sometimes Christians swallow the lie that everything depends on what we do and on how well we perform, on our efforts and our work.

This pride extends to every area of life but is especially true in our relationships, including our relationship to God, our relationship to ourselves, our relationship to family and friends, and our relationship to society. We believe that all of this depends on how well we perform. Everything of importance is conditioned on whether we can deliver a good performance.

Such believes and attitudes are the very opposite of grace. We cannot earn or ever deserve the favor of God. Ephesians 2:8-9 and then Titus 3:4-7.

God is our Salvation, we don’t save ourselves, God will be the one to save us in His goodness. He is our Refuge and Secure Stronghold in times of trouble. The saving He does to us is continues and we just have to come to His throne of mercy by the blood of Jesus in the name of Jesus, not because of our good works nor any works of righteousness that we had done.

It’s the Kindness and Love of God that prompted Him to save us not because of our good works but because of His Mercy through regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.

Garment of Praise

Monthly Insights for Spiritual Growth, Encouragement and Personal Victory.

Oluyemisi Onanuga

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