22 February 2022
Some Christians don't understand the proper role personal holiness should have in our lives. On the one hand are those who think that when they mess up and fall short in their behavior, that it condemns them to Hell all over again. However, we are saved by grace through faith. Our eternal destination is not decided by our behavior, but by whether or not we put our faith in Jesus and what he did. Because our behavior has no bearing on our eternal destination, there are some in the grace camp who mistakenly think personal holiness then has no place in our lives as believers. That view misunderstands the reason the Bible says we are to live holy lives. It't not about our eternal destination, true. Instead the Bible calls us to live holy lives so that we make it easier for others to see God. When we as believers behave in ungodly worldly ways we put up a barrier of hypocrisy that hinders people receiving Jesus. You are already empowered by the Holy Spirit to make godly choices and live a holy life. Doing so loves others by making it easier to see God operating in your life.
We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.— 2 Corinthians 6:3 (NLT)