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God our Savior showed us how good and kind he is. He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things that we have done. God washed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning. God sent Jesus Christ our Savior to give us his Spirit. Jesus treated us much better than we deserve. He made us acceptable to God and gave us the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3: 4 - 7
I haven't heard the question for years, but I used to hear someone ask: "Have you done your good deed for the day?" It was a simple question, but with a profound meaning.
Doing good things for others was an expected part of growing as a child and becoming a responsible adult. But when a child believes that his parents love him because he does good things he takes on a burden that no one can bear!
Jesus loves you, not because you do good deeds and are obedient to Him. Rather you do good things and are obedient to Him, because He loves you! If you believe that Jesus loves you because you do good things and are obedient, then you will listen to the lie that says Jesus doesn't love you because you have been disobedient or failed to do a good deed.
Remember, as a follower of Jesus Christ your "good deeds" are directed by and empowered by the Holy Spirit! They earn you no credit at all! Your good works are the result of your loving relationship with a faithful Savior who has brought you from a life of darkness into the Light of His Love!
"Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me because of what You have done and not because I have earned it! I could never do enough to deserve even one small drop of Your love for me! Praise Your Holy Name now and forever. Amen."