But when we leave godliness out of our presentation of Christian life, we present a god who:
- Accepts but never transforms
- Suggests but never commands
- Forgives but never disciplines
Despite what these philosophies teach, God's love is not permissive. He doesn't unconditionally accept our bad behavior (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 1 Peter 4:12-19).
Renewal begins at the foot of the Cross when we confess our sins and accept Christ's love, but it doesn't stop there. It continues in a life devoted to growing in godliness and knowledge of God, a life that includes teaching, rebuke, correction, and training (Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Philippians 3:7-16).
Let's not shrink back from godliness, but embrace it.