3 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. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 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, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
My friends don’t just run by this passage without pausing. This is one of those times where you really need to not just slow down, but actually stop and meditate upon these words of Paul. They should be to you as sweet as honey. They should refresh your soul and encourage your heart. They should give you strength in service to your neighbor and a longing that others might share in their truth. They should be assurance to your faith and hope in Jesus Christ. My friends we were wretched, all of us, but God saved us according to his mercy, according to his grace. Much more could be said, but instead of filling you with more words, let these words of Christ dwell in you richly.