Sunday, May 15, 2016

Privileges and Responsibilities as a Child of God

You received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.
Romans 8:15 (NLT)

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
Galatians 5:16-17 (NLT)

A confirmation student interrupted a talk about accounting for our lives in the final judgment: “Wait, doesn’t God forgive us no matter what?”

Yes, Jesus’ blood frees us from the penalty of sin and that’s only the beginning of the good news.

Believers are adopted into the family of God. We receive the Holy Spirit and become His children. Wonderful, but along with the privileges of that status come responsibilities: love one another, make disciples, invest your gifts and talents for God’s purposes, care for the poor…

As the NIV translates, you are not to do whatever you want.

It’s a good thing we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us because there’s no way we could fulfill these responsibilities on our own. Our sinful nature is too strong. The Spirit gives us the understanding, strength, and ability to follow Jesus’ teachings.

So let’s return to the talk about accounting for our lives in the final judgment…

Does God forgive us no matter what? (tweet it)

#SeedsOfScripture #childofGod

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