Man is inclined to sin because of the loss of grace. However, Scriptures tell us that man is given the grace to overcome himself, fight concupiscence, and submit to God’s moral law. 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Scriptures are our moral compass, directing us to do good and avoid evil, and aiding us in discerning right from wrong. The Bible teaches us principles to be studied and applied to our lives. These principles should form our moral conscience, able to determine if an act is moral or immoral. Proverbs 30:5-6: “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reproves thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Sinful conduct that should be studied and avoided.
- All evil things come from the heart and defile the man. (Mark 7:20)
- Evil men do not keep the knowledge of God so God let them be ruled with shameful lusts and are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. Women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones; men lusting with men. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32)
We are warned in Galatians 5:21 that they will not inherit the kingdom of God. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:8)
Principles of righteousness, ethical conduct and good living that we should apply.
- We should leave the sinful path of depravity and embrace a life of repentance, conversion of heart and lifestyle. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
- Instruct ourselves with the study of the Scriptures and applying them to become holy. “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Pet. 1:14-16)
- “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” (Eph. 4:31)
- Let us live a life of sacrifice and obey God’s commandments. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1,2)