Read 1 Thessalonians 4
In college, I promised myself I would not be the outcast I felt I was in high school. I smoked cigarettes even though I am asthmatic, I was promiscuous, I did not treat people with love. All the while proclaiming to be Christian.
I was not.
Christians are set apart. This means we are to look different to the world. If we are to share a testimony of how God has transformed our lives for the better, our lives should be transformed. I do believe once saved always saved, but I also know there are a lot of people pretending to be saved.
Being saved does not mean you will never sin, but it does mean you will not live in sin. For a man to have a lustful thought about a woman who is not his wife is sinful, but to dwell on these thoughts, approach her, and begin to have relations with her is living in that sin.
When we sin, we are to repent. That means more than saying “my bad”. It means stepping away, hands up. It means surrendering our will to God’s will.
I still sin. I am ashamed to say that it happens every day. I follow Jesus because while I am not perfect, he is. If you think you may be saved, but find yourself living in sin, or if you’ve never known Jesus at all, I urge you to find a church or at least a Bible and get to know Him.
“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8