As a believer we should want to love a more godly life, a life with less sin.
This does not alter how God sees us (he relates to us Spirit to spirit) however it does alter the quality of our life on this earth and the lives of those around us.
As I was flicking through my Bible this morning I was reminded that there are recommendations or guidelines suggest in the Word on the character and godly actions required from a believer.
We read these in Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians for example.
It is important however to notice that these “lists” are found in the second half of each epistle.
The first half of the letters explains and expounds about grace.
We are first told about what God has done through Jesus and then about how we should behave.
This is because we can only “perform” in a godly manner out of a revelation of His grace towards us.
Peter wrote that we already have all we need to live a life of godliness, to live a life with less sin (2 Peter 1 v 3), and that this godliness is made manifest through knowledge of Him.
We do not live godly by trying to live godly, by striving to be good and do good works.
We live godly through knowledge of Him, so if we want to live godlier we should “work” at increasing that knowledge.
If you are struggling with a certain sin this morning take my advice and stop struggling.
Grab your Bible and read Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians and see what Jesus has done for you and made you as a gift of His Father’s grace.
Increase your knowledge of Him and see the desire for that sin slip away; be made more aware of your righteousness in Him and see godly actions made manifest in your life (1 Corinthians 15 v 34).
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus Christ I already have all I need to help me live a godly life, help me Father to increase my knowledge of Jesus to make that manifest in my life”.
2 Peter 1 v 3…..According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue