“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.” 2 Peter 2:4-9
“The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment.”
This scripture separates people into two categories: 1. The godly. 2. The unrighteous. Or to put it another way: 1. The good. 2. The bad.
When we act in godly ways, we draw closer to God. The more we are in alignment with God’s wishes, the more pleasing we will be to God, and the more receptive He will be to our prayers. Consider the following scripture:
“For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer.” – 1 Peter 3:12a.
God is love. When His eyes are upon us, we are loved, protected, and shielded from temptation. Peter writes how, “His ears attend to their prayer.” If we want God to receive and respond to our prayers , we need to live godly lives.
We can only live godly lives by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. When we do, our Heavenly Father sends the Holy Spirit to indwell our Spirit to enable us to live godly lives. We cannot be holy without the Holy Spirit. He is the one that produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, kindness and self control.
Conversely, when we are unrighteous, we get further and further away from God. God hates sin. The Bible tells us that He hates sin so much that He will turn away from those who sin.
“The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:12b.
We cannot commit the same sins repeatedly and wonder why we feel distant from God. We see from these scriptures, that there are consequences to our actions and our choices. It comes down to priorities. When God comes first in our lives, everything else falls into place.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Mathew 6:33.
When God is put on the back burner, our lives fall apart. “For the wages of sin is death.” – Romans 6:23.
Will we live godly lives, or unrighteous lives? Will we be godly people, or unrighteous people? The choice is ours to make. Choose wisely, there are eternal consequences.