Reading: Titus 3:3-7
One of the additional readings for the camp’s curriculum for Day 2 this summer is Titus 3:3-7. What a wonderful text as the campers continue their study of Christmas and Epiphany. What a great word for us today!
Lutherans read scripture through the lens of Law and Gospel. This text is both in a nutshell. Here’s the law: “foolish, disobedient, lead astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.” Wow! Crushing condemnation. Here’s the Gospel: “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy.” Wow! Wow! Incomprehensible grace.
We are reborn. We are renewed. So says Paul to Titus and his church. So says Paul to us today. It was true in Titus’ day. It is true this day. Live your day bathed in the incomprehensible mercy and grace of God. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to the Summer Staff.
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