I read Titus 3:1-6 this morning and was reminded of all that God has done for me and all that ought to be produced in me. I have been saved by God’s grace alone from my dreadful sins and thus must be ready for every good work, speak evil of no one, be kind and gentle. Honestly, it is often easy to lack compassion for others. It is easy to view people as the problem rather than image bearers of God in need of grace. It is helpful to remember my own foolishness, disobedience, and enslavement to many passions. Who am I to have received mercy? Jesus? The Holy Spirit? I am a debtor mercy alone.
Oh God, make me a man that looks on others with the compassion, with which you have looked on me.
Titus 3:1-6 “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy towards all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 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