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Have to or want to?

Are you more compelled to live a godly life because you should, or because you have a desire to please the Lord? The answer to this question determines whether you are motivated by law or grace. Here are some things to consider:

1. The Law focuses upon outward conformity, not inward transformation.

2 Cor. 3:15-18 “But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.”

2. Salvation changes a person’s inward desire, their “want to”.

“Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.”

3. The Law focuses upon rules and brings us into bondage, the Holy Spirit frees us to live a holy life.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

4. The Law reveals God’s holiness and our sinfulness. Grace reveals Jesus’ sufficient sacrifice to ultimately transform us into His image.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

LESSON - The Law still has it’s purpose of revealing God’s holiness. As Believers, we need to be reminded that God’s character never changes, so His standard of holiness remains intact. Grace reminds us that we have been forgiven. The word of God and the Holy Spirit enable us after salvation to be godly. As a result, our goal should be every day to become less like me and more like Him. The Holy Spirit’s presence makes this possible. What’s your motivation for being godly? Is it because you “have to” or “want to”?


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