“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 of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…”
It’s astounds me each time I read about God’s love. God’s love!
I love God’s love. I love reading about God’s love, and all that He has done to allow His love to flow richly and abundantly toward us. US! The wretches that we are – and we get to taste of the satisfactory favor of Almighty God. It’s not because of anything we have done. That wouldn’t be flavorful, nor would it be satisfactory. To those of us who struggle daily to find victory over sin, it would be disheartening to say the least, amen? And how sweet would it truly be to daily wonder, “Does God love me today?”
Friend, this is God beyond all gods with a love beyond all loves; a love that cannot – CANNOT – be earned! (Exhale a “HALLELUJAH!” because this is wonderful news!)
It’s a secure and eternal love that could have only been made possible by a God so merciful, so kind, so forgiving…so cleansing. Mmmmm, yes. I need cleaning. The mess I make of my life needs cleaning; the tears need mending; the wounds need healing balm – the Holy Spirit is in charge of all of that. He’s the one that the Father has RICHLY and UNDESERVEDLY poured out on us.
BUT it doesn’t end there. God’s heart downpour – the overflow – does not end with us. In fact, the very idea that it’s richly poured out onto us means that there is plenty for us…and plenty to share. We will never run out of the Holy Spirit. We’ll never run out of His love. To that end, we pass it on – we pour out God’s love onto others.
Others? As in…? Yes, her. Him. Them! Those guys. That family. That co-worker. That politician. In fact, the beginning of Titus 3 talks of being in submission as a Christ-follower to those in authority over you, then goes into great detail of what that looks like.
- Be ready for good works
- Avoid evil speech and quarreling
- Be gentle and courteous
- Deal with others with the understanding that we were once ignorant and lost souls ourselves.
This is a short and compartmentalized list, but it seems pretty straightforward. God pours out His Spirit, lavishing a heart to be full of satisfaction in Him, so that we too may move toward that lost soul – with whom we have so much in common – and give to him/her that same mercy and kindness. This is to reflect Jesus to such a one, and potentially attract one to Christ! It’s not a matter of “to-do’s” and check boxes; it’s a lifestyle of living Christ as a Christ-ian.
There is a lot we can learn from Paul in his writings to Titus – what an AMAZING exhortation, and one that can really apply today.
I know that I’m not absolutely thrilled about the status of our nation, or our government. I know people who are less that willing to submit to our authorities. I have a hard time agreeing with our justice system fully – BUT the Word of God says, as Christians we have an obligation to obey the authorities because of our Spiritual connection to Jesus Christ through His salvation.
Beyond authority, what about the people you work with? What about that neighbor that continues to critique the ways you manage your house? Or the lady down the street that keeps letting her pup poop on your lawn? What about the cop that gave you that speeding ticket? What about… you fill in the blank.
I’m right there, too. Neighbors. Authoritative figures. Co-workers. And my privilege as a Christ-follower is to love them as God loves them. To behave rightly, and reflect Jesus. Because to some, you may be the closest they have ever been to Jesus Christ; oh, how we all need our Savior!
Thanks for hanging out with me today. I hope that this inspires you to praise – praise God for a love that was so deep He sent Jesus to bring salvation to all! Praise that the Holy Spirit is abundantly poured out onto us! Praise for the chance to bring others to this overwhelming desire for more of God!
I hope it inspires you to worship the One and True God, and then to ask Him for more opportunities to shine Jesus!
I hope if you have any questions, you’ll comment below! The ladies here at Creative Retreat Kits are ready and willing to talk about this faithartbox, as well as any questions you have regarding God’s rich and perfect love!
Much LOVE to you,