Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.
We are going to act according to our nature. This is what John writes as some of his closing words to the Bible. If our nature is sinful, we’ll continue to sin. If our nature is holy, we will continue to act holy.
God wants holy people. It is not about what we do however, it’s about who we are. We don’t become holy by acting holy. We act holy because we are holy – and the only way we become holy is by asking forgiveness of our sins.
We are called to be loving and obedient to God. We are not called to do so out of duty but because this is what a Christian should be. We will not be perfect and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when we sin because God has forgiven us and will continue to forgive us.
But holiness is still the goal of the Christian. We don’t do it to earn our salvation. We don’t obey as a way or paying God back for our forgiveness. We should do it because we love the Lord and want to do it.
In the end, every Christian should want to be a better person than what they once were. They should desire to cast off sin and to live a life of holiness in obedience to God. This should be a joy and not a burden like the law was before Jesus.