“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” (Titus 3:5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Righteous things” do not save us. They cannot save us. Because no matter how many righteous things we do, they do not undo the sins that we do. We still have a sin nature. That puts man in quite a fix. But, “you see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly [unrighteous]. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6–8, NIV 1984).
Why would He do this? “Because of His mercy,” period. Mercy, forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish. Not just within His power, but within His right. Not because of obligation. He is the offended party and is under no obligation to show mercy by forgiving us. Not only is He under no obligation to forgive, it cost Him a great deal to forgive — Jesus’ death on the cross. No obligation to pay any price, much less the greatest price. What greater demonstration of love could there ever possibly be? An insoluble situation that God solves for us.
My Advice – Some will claim that God is unfair to punish anyone. To receive punishment for one’s misdeeds is not being unfair. Nor is not receiving punishment for one’s misdeeds when the punishment has already been borne by another who willingly paid the price. That is mercy. That is Grace. What is unfair is for one to reject the One who paid the price for us. That is being ungrateful. That is being foolish. Don’t be ungrateful. Don’t be foolish. Accept the gift of what you could never earn or pay for on your own.