"Once saved always saved, right? So, I can sin all I want now that I'm a Christian. I mean, God will forgive me because I'm His."
WHAT? Have you ever heard this , or even thought it yourself? As a Christian, my old nature is gone, and I have a new nature, one that wants to follow Christ.
2 Corinthians 5 : 17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
My old sin nature is gone, yes, but I still fight sin. Even after I become a Christian, I will sin. Paul talks about his struggle in Romans 7.
Romans 7 : 19 ESV
For I do not do the good I want,
but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Take the time to read Romans 7:15-20 today. As a Christian, the Holy Spirit dwells in me. He guides me to do what is right, but there is still that struggle between my selfish desires and my God given desires.
I am a very prideful person by nature. I don't want to admit failures. I want everyone to look at me and admire who I am. This sin is not what I desire in my life now. When I feel that I am being prideful, I am so sickened by it. Is it hurtful to anyone for me to find pride in myself? Maybe not always, but it puts the focus on me and not God. It puts a wedge between my relationship with God.
Romans 6 : 12 ESV
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
"Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?" (Romans 6:16 ESV)
If I keep on sinning, I am obedient to the sin and not to God.
Also, what am I showing others if I'm wanting them to see me over all else? They aren't seeing God. I'm not pointing them to Him. My purpose in life is to point people to Christ. If I'm living this life like everyone else, what is the difference? Why would anyone want to come to know Christ? There has to be a difference in my life and in the lives of those whom I go and tell.
I can tell someone about Jesus all day long, but if I'm living this life in sin, there is no proof of the Holy Spirit. There should be a change. I fight the sins in my life so that God can be gloried and others can be brought to the knowledge of Him.
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