There seems to be a large majority of Christians who have a measure of faith, that is they believe in Jesus and what He came to do for man, however they lack virtue. After being born again, and we will assume it is sincere, they fail to make any significant changes in their life. Their countenance does not change and reflect the ‘joy of the Lord’, their way of doing business and gaining wealth does not change, and the sharing of their blessings with others remains as it was before. One would hardly know that something has happened in their life except for their telling it. It should not be that way! We have to remember that we cannot save ourselves, that is done completely by God, however, there are things that we can do and are expected to do after we have received the Light. The Scripture passage in 2 Peter goes on to say that after faith we are to add knowledge (by studying His word) temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly love, kindness and charity. Anyone who does not display these things is fruitless in his Christian life and further, verse 10 questions whether his ‘calling and election’ were sure.

It all boils down to obedience. With this new found light we know what we should do or not do. It is not necessary in many cases to ask the Lord concerning certain maters when we know but have simply delayed to be obedient. Delayed obedience is no obedience at all. We must take the initiative, make wrongs right, pay that debt, confess to those you have wronged, reach out to someone in need whether they deserve it or not. There is a certain ‘fear of the Lord’ that comes with embracing this concept for if you hesitate when God tells you to do a thing, you jeopardize your standing in grace.

You cannot do wrong and get by,
No matter how much you try;
Nothing hidden can be, everything He doth see,
You cannot do wrong and get by…(You Cannot Do Wrong and Get By)