“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” – Titus 3:5
Many years ago, I heard of how a father took a son out to explain this passage to him. And he had the boy pound nails into a piece of wood. He pounded all these nails into the wood. And the boy kept asking, ‘why do you want me to do that?’ ‘Just do what I tell you.’ So he pounded all these nails. Then he said, ‘Now, pull them all out.’ ‘Well, what for? Why should I?’ ‘Just pull them all out.’ So he pulled all the nails out. He said, ‘Now what is left?’ He said, ‘The holes.’
In this life we are going to experience scars, some pain because this is a broken world and we are flawed people. There are some of us who still suffer as a result of decisions that we made as young people. When God says that he has removed it, he has removed it from a positional standpoint, though the scars remain for now. My dear friends, the hope of the gospel is that when Jesus Christ comes again, we are going to get a brand new body and that means all will be healed. There will be no more evidence whatsoever. The holes will be gone and we will be made brand new outwardly as we are made brand new inwardly when we come to Christ.”
It is only by God’s great mercy are we saved through Jesus Christ. Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord for His mercy.
“Moral indignation never led anyone to Christ, but mercy has.” – William Dever
M Campbell 2020