Professing God in Word, But Denying Him in Action

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (Titus 1:15-16 ESV)

Purity is tainted whenever something in this world overrides our obedience to God. Sometimes we fake our godliness only to purposely go back to sinning again. We may think that nobody else sees us in the moment, but the Lord is always watching. If you had an audience always before you, would your behavior change? Of course it would because you wouldn’t want to be publicly shamed or humiliated. Deep down you know that your sin is wrong, yet you still persist in it. Why? Do you feel there is no way out? Have you given up because the consequences of your actions are too hard to bear?

Everyone’s transformation always begins with Christ. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 ESV). We just have to lay everything out on the table and come clean. The Lord, by his grace, will help us with our unbelief if we ask him (Mark 9:24). The key is for us to have a willing spirit to change. Do you want that for you? Do you want a clear conscience and peace? Do you want to be free from the burden of always hiding? If yes, then the first step is to just ask Jesus for forgiveness, and the second step is to repent. It is never too late until we are dead and buried in the ground. Procrastination is the work of the devil. So do not delay in making a change as long as you have today. We never want to hear Jesus say: “I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23). However, that is always a possibility if we keep living in darkness.

When we step into the light, we discover that his invitation remained open: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

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