For it wasn’t that long ago that we behaved foolishly in our stubborn disobedience. We were easily led astray as slaves to worldly passions and pleasures. We wasted our lives in doing evil, and with hateful jealousy we hated others.
When the extraordinary compassion of God our Savior
and his overpowering love suddenly appeared in person,
as the brightness of a dawning day,
he came to save us.
Not because of any virtuous deed that we have done
but only because of his extravagant mercy.
He saved us,
resurrecting us through the washing of rebirth.
We are made completely new by the Holy Spirit,
whom he splashed over us richly
by Jesus, the Messiah, our Life Giver.
So as a gift of his love,
and since we are faultless—
innocent before his face—
we can now become heirs of all things,
all because of an overflowing hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:3-7, The Passion Translation.