When Titus 3 ends grace be with you all, I’m going to grab hold of it. Dear, dear grace.
Life feels fractured in a before and after of sorts. Life one way, then another. Before kids, after kids. Before the move, after the move. Before Jesus, after Jesus.
I see it in the scriptures too, this fracturing.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. Titus 3:3 (NIV)
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 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, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7
And even in the afters, I remember all the befores. My soul acutely aware its leaning towards sin, made aware daily of the fracture and brokenness–life in transformation, life in need of a Savior and His grace.
Dear, dear grace.
Thank you, Lord.