Christians are secure in the salvation found in Jesus Christ, but we must not forget the reality of life before Christ. In his letter to Titus, Paul reminded him that salvation is achieved not by our actions but by the mercy of God. Alistair Begg encourages listeners to act with compassion toward others, bearing in mind that at one time we all were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved. The root of Christian behavior is not found in our own moral uprightness, but in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
3For 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. 4But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he 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, 6whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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