We were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, and slaves to our desires and various pleasures too. We were spending our lives in evil behavior and jealousy. We were disgusting, and we hated other people.
But "when God our savior's kindness and love appeared,
he saved us because of his mercy, not because of righteous things we had done. He did it through the washing of new birth and the renewing by the Holy Spirit,
which God poured out upon us generously through Jesus Christ our savior.
So, since we have been made righteous by his grace, we can inherit the hope for eternal life."
This saying is reliable. And I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God might give careful attention to doing good. These things are good and useful for everyone.