Titus 3:4-7 (NLT)
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. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

The apostle Paul is writing to Titus to say everyone should show gentleness and humility. They are to be obedient to the laws and follow the officials who lead the government. But Paul also gives the reminder that Christ saved us because of His mercy and not the good things we had done.

Let’s say you died and arrived at the gates of heaven. God is standing there with Jesus. You look upon the beautiful city wondering if you will be allowed to enter. Then God looks at you and says, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” For years you have hear every explanation anyone has ever given. Some have said they were good enough to enter heaven. Some said they never mistreated anyone so surely God would open the gates for them. But as you look towards Jesus His hand is reaching out in your direction. It is then you remember His mercy and grace. You remember the love and compassion Jesus has always shown you. You remember your faith in the one who loved you so much He died for your sins. You turn to God and say, “I believe Jesus paid the price for me to enter heaven. He paid the debt of my sin. He poured out His Holy Spirit on me when I accepted Him on faith. And because of His grace he declared me to be righteous and gave me the confidence heaven will be where I spend my eternal life.” God looks towards Jesus as He motions for you to come forward and you hear God say, “Welcome home my child.”