Reform your ways and your actions

No observances, professions, or supposed revelations, will profit, if we do not amend our ways and our actions. None of us can claim an interest in free salvation, while allowing ourselves to be in the practice of known sin, or live in the neglect of known duty.

We think that our “history” in the faith or church will be our protection, but all who continue in sin because grace has abounded, or that grace may abound, make Christ the minister of sin.  The cross of Christ, rightly understood, forms the most effectual remedy to such poisonous sentiments. The Son of God gave Himself for our wrong doings, to show the excellence of the Divine law, and the evil of sin.

Never let us think we may do wrong without suffering for it.

To belabour the point, many in the church have unwittingly put their trust in the fact that they have God’s Spirit—that He dwells in them—therefore no terrible thing could possibly happen to them. However, this overlooks the fact that God’s Spirit does not force us to make right choices. It leads, it guides, but it does not force. It does not make us obey. That is our choice.

And so if we chose to repent and reform our lives, and return to God, He would restore and confirm our peace, and show us His mercy. This implies that we have stepped off the path, with many faults and errors. But it is a great instance of the favour of God to us that He gives us many opportunities to amend, shows us where and how we must amend, and promises to accept us upon our amendment.

We must thoroughly amend; in making good, we must make good our ways and doings; we must reform with resolution, and it must be a universal, constant, preserving reformation-not partial, but entire-not hypocritical, but sincere-not wavering, but constant. We must make the tree good, and so make the fruit good, must amend our hearts and thoughts, and so amend our ways and doings.

Well, this is a starting place that God insists upon.  From here, as one of my friends keep reminding me, keep your eyes on the Son.

 

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