Religion commands us to change our behavior, but it cannot change our hearts. It can tell us to do what is right, but cannot give us a love for the right. Only the gospel and the assurance it yields creates a passion for the right in our hearts, because only the gospel goes deep enough to actually change the warped nature of our hearts.
Question for Reflection
- Have you ever found yourself trying to modify your behavior instead of resting in Jesus for salvation?
J.D. Greear, Stop asking Jesus into your heart, 17.