It just doesn't make sense to me. It really doesn't. According to the theology of some, we can go out, cheat on our spouse, steal from our neighbor and perhaps even murder someone and it is all good. Because you see, we repented 20 years ago therefore we don't need to do it again. "It is all good."
I don't buy that. I just don't. While I agree that those of us who follow Christ may get tripped up, I believe that we are held accountable for what we do and God has the expectation that we will make it right with Him and when possible, practice restitution if necessary. I believe this is what a true follower of Christ does. If one does not do these things and indeed resists doing them, then maybe, just maybe... they are not a true follower of Christ to begin with.
I've heard it said, "Well, if they're a bad Christian they'll still be with Christ but they won't get their reward." What? What reward could be greater than being with Christ? I can't think of anything, can you?
1 Corinthians 9:24 we are told to run to win! Why oh why would anyone want to do otherwise? Why would anyone want to endure the trials and tribulations we face as Christians and not run to win? It doesn't make any sense.
Let's run to win. Let's set our eyes on Christ and run this race well. Let's be real Christians, true followers of Christ, not in name only but in deed as well. Let's run and let's run well.
Very well said. I totally agree with what you have said above.
Daddy God does love us unconditionally. But He's also a God, a Father who disciplines us.
He does not punish us, His children. Rather, He disciplines us.
Giving us the enabling grace to take responsibility of our action, make restitution if necessary, admit our mistakes and face the domino effect of our actions.
By His grace, we go through this. And He will see us through. He's with us in the midst of this.
But just because He's with us doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
Discipline is painful. But it produces good fruit. We need only to persevere.
I miss you K :)
You must have been thinking of me when you wrote the line [quote]While I agree that those of us who follow Christ may get tripped up, I believe that we are held accountable for what we do and God has the expectation that we will make it right with Him and when possible, practice restitution if necessary.[/quote] It is just uncanny that you would write that line on that day.
Jesus used the word often, in His messages to the seven churches in Revelation. No idea where they would get such a theology, it was not from the word of God. We repent as needed, and as often.
The last sentence says it all. God Bless.