You Can Touch the World - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Father God, thank you for your word and the opportunity to get to know you better through the reading of it. My heart is open to you, oh God. Through your word, reside in me! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Read: Titus 3:3-6, NIV

3 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”

 

Reflect:

We live in a time where people are VERY quick to admonish, condemn, and convict those whose opinions differ from their own, or who live “ungodly” lives. We see it every single day, people yelling and screaming about what’s right and what’s wrong. Everyone’s doing it, including Christians. It’s always so interesting to see when the voice that’s screaming the loudest turns out to be guilty of the very same action(s) they’re speaking out against.

Paul is reminding the people that they must take a personal inventory of their own past and not forget who they were and the things they were guilty of. Additionally, he reminds them of the new creation they became because of the love and mercy of our God, that though the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into our hearts, the ways of our past are long-gone.

 

Apply:

The next time you find yourself quick to admonish, condemn, or convict someone, ask yourself if you’re not guilty of the same thing. Remember the grace that was given to you; not just once or twice, but every single day; and then give it away just as Jesus did to you. Take comfort that because of him, you are a new creation!!!

 

Closing Prayer:

Father, thank you for your love. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for washing me of my past and not remembering who I used to be. Fill me with your Holy Spirit Lord, that I will be as giving of grace as you were and are to me. Thank you for your Son, my Lord and Savior! It’s in Jesus’ holy and beautiful name I pray, Amen.

 

Terry Schneider