MOOSEDEER MADNESS!!! WHOOWHOO.
I'm quite excited and I hope you all are too! It'll be awesome possum, mwuhahaha.
4 But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
I liked these verses because it highlights the fact that none of our freedom is the result of anything good we've ever done. Our renewal in Christ is all a result of God's mercy and love, and we certainly cannot be accredited to "earning" any of it because I think even the most blameless person on this world could be free of sin enough to "earn" back their life. I know it's simple enough, but this verse was a good reminder, because I think sometimes, we fool ourselves into thinking that we are the "Upper Man" in this relationship with God, and take advantage of Him, treating our freedom like our birthright, etc. But we need to take far more responsibility for our actions because we owe our lives to Him.
14 Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.
This verse was just interesting to me. Out of its original context, Paul may be saying that as Christians, not only should we uphold all these Christ-like values, but suggests that we be the ones who do good by meeting the urgent needs of others. It doesn't mean too much, but it does give me ideas for how else I can better live my life for God, and I'm sure that by being that friend that can meet the urgent needs of others, they can see something different in me.