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When we are born again by repenting of our sins and believing the Gospel that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, we are forgiven, promised everlasting life, and must now set out on a life dedicated to godliness, purity, and holiness. God sets us apart as His holy people, but we must now learn to act the part. The finger I was pointing at the man who has been consumed with sexual lust is the same finger I needed to point at my own heart and life so that I could learn day by day to turn away from the lusts of my flesh that crave fulfillment – like losing my temper, going back to the eating disorder with which I have struggled on and off for years, hurting people with my words, whatever it may be – and choose to live by the love and grace and power of God the way He has called me. The same way He has called us all. To live godly lives, ever studying His Word and making the commitment to lay aside our own fleshly desires and to live lives that bring Him praise, honor, and glory.
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
1Pe 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
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