Loving God and Seeing Sin as Sinful – Part 2
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:12-13)
Let’s go back to our primary question, how can I cultivate a heart that hates sin and wants to pursue God?
3. We must meditate on Christ’s work and the high price He paid. He shed His blood to pay for your sin. Remember, He gave you the victory over sin.
John 1:29 says, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!’” Later John continues, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5)
”But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
4. We must know that God hates sin and pray that God will help you SEE SIN THE WAY HE DOES.
Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves
him who pursues righteousness. Likewise, Deuteronomy 25:16 warns, “For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the LORD your God.”
5. We must remember that in the Bible we are commanded to HATE sin and fear God.
In Proverbs 16:6, Solomon instructs, “By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.” And again: “Let love be genuine.ABHOR WHAT IS EVIL; HOLD FAST TO WHAT IS GOOD. (Romans 12:9)
By God’s grace, may we be able to live for Him and not for sin.
More to come!
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