dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Titus 3 ~ Good God, Good Works

on February 16, 2013

I noticed today that a recurring theme in Paul’s letter to Titus was that of “good works.”  Our culture believes that good works lead to salvation, however, in God’s plan it is quite the opposite.  Good works follow God’s work in our lives!  When we reverse this plan and think our “good works” are because we are “good people,” we toss aside the only true Savior and put ourselves in His place.  Being “good” is pride–and pride is the deadliest sin!

It is a humble thing to put our hope in Jesus Christ and understand that we are foolish, disobedient and sinful apart from His grace.  Humble people–saved people–are ready (3:1), zealous (2:14), and devoted (3:8, 14) to good works.  Truly good works flow out of a humble heart–a heart that has experienced the goodness, kindness, and mercy of God.  Humble people respect authority (1), speak evil of NO ONE (2), avoid quarreling (2), are gentle (2), and show perfect courtesy to ALL people even those who are foolish, disobedient and hateful (2-3).  This is possible because we know who we were before Christ intervened and what we would be like apart from His mercy in our lives.

I have been deeply humbled this morning–realizing afresh that the only thing that’s good in me is Jesus, and I need more of Him!  Oh Lord humble my heart–that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees.

Titus 3:4-6  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 away of our sins and the giving of new life by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

The top of my journal pages have Bible verses on them, and I thought the one today appropriately follows the text in Titus…”YES, THE LORD HAS DONE AMAZING THINGS FOR US! WHAT JOY! Psalm 126:3

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