Letter 8: In case we get what we deserve

Last but not least, I want to mention a question I have been asked repeatedly: “Why should anyone try to perform good deeds, when their sins will be forgiven anyway”. Well, we want to please our Father! It is out of gratitude for having saved us! Our love for God makes us hate sin, because He hates it and it hurts Him.


The Bible presents God as deeply affected and grieved by our sin, and because we are devoted to Him and love Him, we strive to be the way He wants us to be. Let a couple of verses from the Bible demonstrate this:


“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things . . .” (Philippians. 4:8).


“Become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars . . . ” (Philippians. 2:15).


And why do we try to live right? Because:


“ . . . The love of Christ compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14).


Now you want to ask me, where are those Christians who are committed to live like this? You find them in every country and every society, in some more – in others less. Their numbers are not big and more often than not they are not in the limelight. But if you search for them, you will find them. But please take note again; they are not perfect. Perfection cannot be found on this side of the grave. But they will have a commitment that is already reflected in the Bible:


“Not that I have already obtained all this . . . But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal . . . for which God has called me” (Philippians. 3:12 – 14).


With sincere greetings, I am


Yours faithfully