True Virtue

“If the only thing that is keeping you from sin are the obstacles to that sin and the consequences of that sin then what does that tell you about your heart”

– Bruce Ware

The obstacles and consequences that keep us from sin are evidences of God’s grace that help protect us from the evil desires of our heart. But the hope of Christianity is not that there would be enough barriers or enough obstacles and enough consequences that we would walk the straight and narrow with evil hearts.

The hope of Christianity is that our hearts would actually be renewed to a place where we desire the very things that God desires, where we have, as Jonathan Edwards said, true virtue. We are not led to true virtue by fear. The way we find true virtue, where not only are we not sinning but we have no desire to sin, is when we’ve experienced true beauty, in particular the beauty of the gospel.

2 Corinthians 3:18

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

God desires to make us alive with Christ and pour out on us the glories of his kindness and grace toward us in Christ. When you really behold the glory of God and begin to see the beauty of a loving Father who would send his Son to a sinner’s cross because he loved us, that is when your heart starts to change and you will be transformed from one degree of Christ-like glory to the next.

Dr. Jason Dees is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and guest instructor at the Kanakuk Institute. He and his wife Paige are planting a church called Christ Covenant Buckhead in the Metro Atlanta area. 

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