If I can’t be perfect, why should I pursue purity?

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” Philippians 1:27

Just as the apostle Paul says that there is a lifestyle of behavior that is not in step with the truth of the gospel (Galatians 2:14), the opposite is true. There is a manner of living that is in step with the gospel and it shows to be a life worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). But it is a life that must always start with the deadness of our own works of righteousness. That our good moral living will not achieve for us, what Jesus died for. If our works could do that, than we wouldn’t need Jesus. We wouldn’t need a new heart in order to be pure. But the truth is, the only way we receive Jesus and the only way we have Him give us a new heart, is through our own dying to self and trusting Him to save us from what our sins and shortcomings have accomplished for us: Namely, nothing but a deserved death, hell and reaping of what we sowed.

But the gospel, is not just salvific. The gospel is “an empowering of the will of a new person in Christ.” As believers in Christ we are all new people through Him. The gospel makes dead people ALIVE! In other words those who are dead in their spiritual lives, good deeds and bad sins are born again spiritually new, empowered by the Holy Spirit and forgiven- through the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, that is embraced by those who put their faith in Him.

When the working of the gospel compels our heart, it will excel our feet. Our pursuit of purity and heart repentance will then be motivated not to direct God’s favor, but to reflect God’s favor.  It’s the compelling of Divine Love that we don’t have to respond to. It is the divine love that we get to respond

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