Behavior Over Beliefs

I once heard a pastor say that if you don’t live it, you don’t believe it. In other words, you can talk about Jesus and believing in God all day long, but if the way you live doesn’t reflect Jesus, then it really doesn’t matter what you say because your words mean nothing.

I think it’s important to have beliefs that line up with the Bible. But it’s more important to have behavior that matches your beliefs. I’m not saying you need to be perfect, but you do need to be consistent. So much of that I’m seeing is people will post on social media about how much they love God, then turn around and post things that don’t reflect God’s values. It’s one or the other, not both.

Above all, the heart that truly belongs to Jesus can’t stay the same. If we’ve been identified with Jesus, we are being transformed into His likeness. We can’t stay the same old sinners we were when we first met Jesus. We can’t continue to live the same old lifestyle if we’re truly saved. Sin robs us of peace and kills our joy, so can those who can keep sinning and feel no remorse or need of repentance really say that they belong to Jesus?

But the beautiful promise is that if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. His love for us will never cease, even when we stray or fall short. He will finish what He started in us.

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