I will endeavor to be patient with people today because…
“It wasn’t so long ago that I was stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by my flesh, going around with a chip on my shoulder, hated and hating back.
But when God, my kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved me from all that. It was all his doing; I had nothing to do with it. He gave me a good bath, and I came out of it a new person, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit.
My Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored my relationship with him and given me back my life. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! I can count on this..”
Titus 3:3-8 from The Message–with personal paraphrasing in italics