Someone says to you:

Really? You’re saved, and all your sins are forgiven and there’s not the slightest chance that you could lose your salvation? If that’s the case, then you can go out and do whatever you want. You can commit as many sins as you like and at the end of the day, you’re still saved. That’s quite a deal!

What a warped and dark perspective on the amazing salvation that has forever changed our lives. A genuine Christian has already come to grips with the darkness and deadliness of their sins. They have no desire to live the rest of their lives in the quagmire of sin. Repentance is the 180-degree turn from sin to Christ.

An authentic believer is repulsed by sin. When a Christian sins, (and every Christian does) we experience deep sadness and a chill in the fellowship that we enjoyed with our Lord. (1John 1:8,9) We fall away from the rich enjoyment of our great salvation; but, we sure do not fall away from our salvation! Once the sin has been confessed, the intimate fellowship we enjoyed with our Heavenly Father is restored.

A genuine believer’s main thrust in life is to honour and please Christ their Saviour. They have no desire to continue to live a sinful life. Where did their new set of desires come from? That’s what the new birth is – they have received a new life with new desires. It’s called Divine life. (2Peter 1:4) The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in a believer immediately at conversion and that’s why very real lifestyle changes start to happen.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…” Titus 2:11-13

Are you a professing Christian? Is your life changing? There is a life-long training, educating or disciplining process going on in every genuine believer. The process causes us to abandon the ungodly things, unholy habits and worldly desires that were so evident in our former lives. The training process produces an increasing sensitivity to sin and a self-control we never had before, enabling us to live upright and godly lives that are pleasing to God.

The training process referred to in the verse is the outcome of the work of the Holy Spirit living and working inside me as I read my Bible and pray every day with a submissive spirit. The lifestyle changes are progressive and continual. Will there be stumbles, set-backs, failures and relapses along the way? Yes, and the regret will be evident – because, at the core of a Christian’s heart is the desire to please and honour Christ. Remember dear child of God – you are a work-in-progress.

Have you experienced any of the training mentioned in the verse above? A genuine believer has!

Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.

Warmly in Christ
Peter Ramsay

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