Good or Bad?
I get the impression from many Christians that they think God doesn’t keep any record of the mistakes they make in life. Sure, the Scriptures tell us that in Christ we are found righteous, and that God puts our sins as far as the East is from the West, but that is true of the sins we committed in ignorance while we were lost. It does NOT apply to those we commit after we know better! This errant belief can often be used to justify all types of sinful behavior. The obvious thinking is that since a person is “saved” then they can get away with murder. Two points here…. first, if you don’t want to please the Lord, then the Holy Spirit is not in you–it’s an automatic reaction for a sinner who’s been saved by grace to want to honor God. And second, there WILL be an accounting for the sins we commit after we are saved. God is not so dense that some perceived loophole will keep Him from giving each of us exactly what we deserve… Even those who are “In Christ” will shed tears on that day! Do not confuse the “Great White Throne of Judgment” (where some will be sent to hell) with the “Judgement Seat of Christ” where His followers will be held accountable, both for good and for bad done in His name.
“So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it [after we die]. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:9-10