“What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not!” (Romans 6:15)
When it comes to the topic of good works, people often fall into one extreme or the other. Either their good works are earning them a place in heaven (legalism), or good works are useless and mean nothing (which gives them license to do as they please “because it’s all covered by grace”). But neither of these views is accurate!
I love how today’s passage explains so well the proper place that “good works” should have in a Christian’s thinking. We are not just saved FROM sin, we are also saved TO righteousness.
Sanctification, that big word that basically means “to be set apart to holiness” or “to become pure, free from sin”, is God’s desire for His children, just as our desire is for our children to heed our parental discipline and instruction, learn and mature, and grow up to live happy, healthy and useful lives.