Marie’s daily verse: 

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16).

DAILY DEVOTION, May 14, 2022

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

How can I receive salvation? Other religions tell you to live right and perform the correct rituals, and maybe God will save you. Some religions teach that God will save you if your good deeds outweigh your sins. Other religions take a “do it yourself” approach to finding God.

Our Christian faith takes a different approach. Nothing we do, no amount of righteous deeds can earn God’s favor. Our salvation rests upon God’s mercy. Mercy goes beyond merit. God saves us by granting mercy to us when we trust in His Son. He regenerates and renews us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a gift we do not deserve. What kind of God do you prefer? One who makes heavy demands we cannot keep, or a God of mercy. If you think you can measure up to the demands and requirements of God, good luck. I vote for a God of mercy.

Father, I am so thankful that You are a God of mercy. If I had to earn Your favor through righteous deeds, I would live in fear that I had not done enough. Thank You so much for Your mercy, revealed especially in the sacrifice of Your Son, in whose name I pray. Amen. 

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