B. Why a Christian Lives a Godly Life
Is it possible for a person to be a Christian and yet live carelessly and willingly in sin? Cf. James 2:17, 26. What does St. John say about such a man? 1 John 3:8, 9. Willful sinning makes faith impossible. Faith must be active in good works. Why does a believer strive to live a godly life? Is it because he fears punishment if he sins? 2 Timothy 1:7. Or does he do good works because he expects a reward from God? Luke 17:10
A child of God ought to live a godly life simply because that is God’s will. Cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:3. God wants the Christians to resist and avoid sin, Romans 6:12; 2 Corinthians 7:1. He wants them to give proof of their faith by doing good works, Colossians 1:9, 10; 2 Corinthians 5:15. He has brought them to faith in order that they should live a godly life, Ephesians 2:10. They are to grow daily in holiness of life, 2 Peter 3:18. Their whole life is to be lived to the glory of God, Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 2:9.
However, the Christian has a higher motive of wanting to please God. What is it? 1 John 4:10, 19; Matthew 22:37. The believer eagerly desires to do the will of God because he loves his heavenly Father and Savior and is grateful for His many temporal and spiritual blessings. Cf. Psalm 40:8; Romans 7:22. Moreover, he is determined to serve and please God because Jesus lives in him, Galatians 2:20. He wants to be like his Savior, 2 Corinthians 5:14. Jesus Himself has given us a perfect example of a godly life, which all his followers try to imitate. Cf. John 13:15.
Coming next: C. How God helps us Live Godly lives