James 3:13 says: If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. (NLT)
There is a charge for us to live differently.
I wrestled with this concept growing up because it requires responsibility. It’s not always easy to live differently when the majority around us is “living the crazy life”. It doesn’t always feel good to make the decision to swim against the tide.
I made a decision last march to be celibate after 10 years of ignoring what I knew. It has NOT been easy. It has been VERY worth it. I don’t drink anymore. That actually was easy because I have seen personally how alcohol can destroy good people. I have never used drugs, but I have seen what they do to people. So maybe I didn’t list your vice. Maybe it’s over eating, over spending, both examples of gluttony. Maybe it’s list of other things, idolatry- putting things before God, maybe it’s a mental barrier or a hardened heart. Know that #1 God still does heal. He fills empty places! #2 this world doesn’t choose God, so YOU choosing God puts you in a blessed majority. There are rewards on earth and in heaven for living a righteous life. The word calls us to be Holy because God in holy. There isn’t a pause button on that request.
Jesus was the original remix. Your past is forgotten AND forgiven in Christ. Your life is BRAND NEW thanks to the blood of Jesus! There is no hurt He can’t heal! It pays to be different! Living holy takes a heart decision and day to day progression. YOU CAN DO IT!