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November 8, 2023 - Titus 3

What encouragement Paul sends to Titus and to us! “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, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (3:3-7). Rather than comment, this morning, may I just leave these verses here and let us think long and deeply about the great salvation we have in Jesus Christ?

Not what these hands have done

can save this guilty soul;

not what this toiling flesh has borne

can make my spirit whole.

Not what I feel or do

can give me peace with God;

not all my prayers and sighs and tears

can bear my awful load.

Thy work alone, O Christ,

can ease this weight of sin;

Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,

can give me peace within.

Thy love to me, O God, not mine,

O Lord, to Thee,

can rid me of the dark unrest,

and set my spirit free.

Thy grace alone, O God,

to me can pardon speak;

Thy pow’r alone, O Son of God,

can this sore bondage break.

I bless the Christ of God;

I rest on love divine;

and with unfalt’ring lip and heart,

I call this Savior mine. --Horatius Bonar (1864)

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