We used to be sinful, evil and on our way to the Devil’s Hell, but something changed. What happened? Paul says simply: “The kindness and love of God our Savior, toward man, appeared.” What happened was Jesus. What happened was His Gospel. Through Him and obedience to it we have become a changed people.
Paul says that it was the “kindness” of God that appeared to us. That word literally means “usefulness.” In other words, God did something for us that we could not do ourselves. We were unable to save ourselves, but God made Himself useful in that regard and sent Jesus (the physical embodiment of his love) to die for us. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves (John 3:16).
Aren’t you thankful that God was so kind!