A sinful lifestyle isn't a good thing.
1 John 3:1, 9-10 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
9 Those who have been born into God's family do not make a practice of sinning, because God's life is in them. So they can't keep on sinning, because they are children of God.
10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
A child of God has a look about him, it is different from the look that the rest of the world has, when the world sees him they should see somebody whose behavior doesn't make any sense.
God loves his children so much that he sent Jesus to defeat the devil's plans for our destruction and make it possible to restore the relationship that was lost in the Garden of Eden. His love for us compelled him to adopt us into his family and give us all of the benefits that natural born children receive.
Now that I am God's child, it is difficult to live the way the rest of the world does with God living inside of me, God doesn't let his children misbehave without pursuing them, the Holy Spirit is at work in me letting me know what is wrong. Christ in us and sin in us is the most incompatible situation that there can be. (Colossians 1:27)
Don't Abuse Grace
|Romans 6:1-2, 11-12 Well then,
should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His
wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can
we continue to live in it?
So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. 12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.
We have been completely transformed! It isn't just a change in status or a new destination after we leave this world, our nature and our desires have been changed, our behavior in this world will be changed as well.
|2 Corinthians 5:14-15 Either way, Christ's love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.|
|Colossians 3:1-3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.|
There are so many people that want to cling to the promises of scripture but they don't want to have anything to do with the demands of scripture. They want to know that their life after death is taken care of while they live this life to please themselves.
Help me Lord to live to please you. Keep me from believing that this life is all about me and help me do the good works that you designed me for so that you will be glorified. (Matthew 5:16)
Why We Obey (thegospelcoalition.org)
Do You REALLY Get It? (diggingtheword.blogspot.com)
Trust And Obey (diggingtheword.blogspot.com)