I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; 3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. Psalm 101:2-4 ESV
Of what value is it for you to pursue a holy way of living? If pursuing your own righteousness ends up being worth a pile of dirty rags, what advantage is it for you? Should you go on sinning to presume upon My grace to overlook your rebellion? Can you purpose in your heart to pursue paths of righteousness which will produce worthwhile fruit?
For your eternal salvation, your good will never outweigh your bad. My standard for total perfection was only met by My Son. As a perfect lamb without spot or blemish His sacrifice of death on your behalf was complete. It is His blood that cleanses you from all of your sin so that you stand before Me clean. Salvation is based upon your faith in His finished work on the cross and on none of your good behavior.
So I ask again, is there a value in trying to live according to the morals expressed in My word? Yes, it avoids the complications which accompany sin. Selfishness and sin compound stress upon your body and mind. You were not created to carry that type of load. I know that you try to manage sins’ effects. You hide it, suppress it, hope it goes away with time, compare it with others to elevate yourself, and ultimately cover yourself with its shame. Sin adds burden to your soul.
What are the advantages of living a holy life and striving to avoid evil? Besides avoiding the snares of sin, you are planting seeds of hope and life which bear the fruit of peace, joy and freedom.
The fruit of My Holy Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control have no laws against expressing them. Planting seeds with this type of fruit in your interaction with others brings a blessing upon yourself and them. Patience is a win-win. Look at the abundant advantages of being kind and good towards others. This type of fruit is available worldwide, blessing generation after generation.
Remember, your salvation is secure because of My Son, but blessings still exist for pursuing a holy lifestyle. I forgive gluttony, but your physical body can still be adversely affected. Choose to treat people with kindness and respect in your daily affairs, including those closest to you. Watch how cleansing and hope rises around you.
I want the best for you, I have recorded how to choose holy living in My word. Choose life. That’s always where you will find Me, whispering My love for you.
Whispers from Your Father, God