If you are a regular reader of this blog you know by this point that you are not a sinner.
(If you don’t frequent this blog I highly recommend you download a free copy of my book – “You Do Not Have A Sinful Nature” )
We understand that sin does not separate us from God. He’s a whole lot bigger than our sins!
In Christ our sin has been dealt with, forgiven and blotted out. God has promised to remember our sins no-more.
Past, present and future!
The only power sin has to separate us from God is when we choose to believe that it can separate us from Him. For more on that check out the video – Can God Look Upon Sin
But the danger we can find with this understanding is that we fall into the trap of thinking that sin doesn’t matter at all.
Sin has consequences
All these truths don’t change the fact that sin has consequences.
Not in the sense that God will punish us or put us under some sort of curse or any of that nonsense!
What I’m talking about is the fact that sin has consequences in the sense that it can still hurt us and damage our lives in many ways.
If we are violent and attack someone you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be very real natural consequences.
If we are unfaithful to our spouse again there will be consequences.
If we steal from someone, you’ve guessed it… consequences.
Sin always, on some level or another, has consequences.
God hates to see us suffering the consequences of our sin – that’s why He paid such a great price to set you free from it’s bondage.
That in itself is a great reason not to turn a blind eye to sin. However today I want to talk about something equally important that many people fail to see.
Recognising sin in your life is a great stepping stone for growth.
Now hear me right – the solution for sin is always to focus on Christ!
However, often times, recognising sin in our lives helps us find out areas we aren’t focusing on Christ.
The nature of deception is that we don’t know we are deceived. Nobody knows the bad beliefs they have… if they did they wouldn’t continue to believe them!
It is in looking at the fruit of our lives that we can discover where we are doing well and where we need to renew our minds. In looking at the fruit we are producing we expose our unhealthy beliefs, the areas where we are not believing God but rather operating out of unbelief.
This is why Paul (who surely could never be accused of watering down grace!) frequently told people to evaluate the fruit of their lives. He would often explain what good and bad fruit would look like.
Many people misinterpret these passages and assume that Paul was calling people to try and produce these good fruits and try to stop doing these bad fruits in their own strength. But that would totally contradict his primary message.
Rather it was a call to continue to evaluate yourself.
He was saying – “Don’t kid yourself – if you still have all this terrible fruit in your life then you need to go before God and ask Him to renew your mind and help you.”
It’s a description of the life of someone with a renewed mind and the life of someone without a renewed mind!
So my question to you today is – are you turning a blind eye to your fruit or are you using that fruit to continually renew your mind and go deeper into the depths of who you are in Christ?
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