I shared this quote with a friend back home recently:
The world says ‘marry the one you love’.
God says ‘love the one you marry’.
How have we lived?
Is it possible to live both these paths concurrently and still be an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ rather than a hypocrite?
Have we lived like the world, or have we lived like Christ?
Are we living according to secular culture,
or are we living according to the Scriptures?
Have we died to sin and lived to God?
Are we dying to our sins and living to God?
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-4)
Are we fleeing from temptation and running to Christ? Are we putting off the old and putting on the new? Are we becoming more humble and less prideful? Are we living through the vine and bearing spiritual fruit? Are we grieved by our disobedience and is our godly grief producing repentance?
Sin aims always at the utmost; every time it rises up to tempt or entice, if it has its own way it will go out to the utmost sin in that kind. Every unclean thought or glance would be adultery if it could, every thought of unbelief would be atheism if allowed to develop. Every rise of lust, if it has its way reaches the height of villainy; it is like the grave that is never satisfied. The deceitfulness of sin is seen in that it is modest in its first proposals but when it prevails it hardens mens’ hearts, and brings them to ruin.
Have we stopped talking worldly thoughts to ourselves; are we preaching the Gospel to ourselves daily? Have we been disciplined by His grace and disciplining ourselves for the purpose of godliness?
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:5-11)
Are we mortifying sin and are mortified by its guilt-ridden pollution?
Are we becoming less worldly and more godly?
Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.