Yesterday, we looked at how we’re not saved. The next part of the verse says how we are saved: “…but according to His own mercy…”
“But” – this is to make sure we know that we are definitely not saved by our own works. It is not works at all but “according to…” (because of) God’s mercy. Our salvation comes from Him. He has saved us “because” He is merciful. It is His own mercy. This mercy has come to us from the goodness of God, from His own perfect being, flowing to us because He is good not because we are good.
What is mercy? It is showing kindness to the undeserving. We deserve judgement, but each believer is given mercy. It is also helping the helpless. We cannot save ourselves, but God reached down and rescued us.
He saved us because of His own mercy and He continues to forgive us because of His own mercy. Whenever we sin, we find mercy; whenever we are tempted, we find His mercy; whenever we feel weak, He shows us His mercy.
You are a blessed person. God Almighty is a God of mercy and His has given that mercy to you, and He keeps giving it to you. So you can come to Him today, even if you are battling with temptation and struggling with pressures and fears and doubts, because He is merciful.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)