It still boggles my mind how one can even begin to imagine God has some sort of evil monster yet I see it all the time when people confuse the liberty we have in the grace of God with the ability to do whatever we want without consequences. I 100% believe that by the grace of God there is nothing we can say or do that will separate from the love of God, nor can we be saved. It is only by faith in Jesus that we are saved. But to think that because God unconditionally loves us means that He does not care about what we think, say or do is totally irresponsible. I hope that anyone who is a parent can actually grasp this concept, or I feel so sorry for the children you have. God desires for all us to experience the quality of life He has inherently placed in us and created for us in order to experience the fullness of His joy in us.
With that being said when we love our lives in any way contrary to this then we shut the door to receiving God’s best. Some say that it is okay to live in ways that are contrary to what is taught in the bible, and will even use Paul or others to try to point to this. But Paul never endorsed any such thing. Yes Paul highlights the liberty we have IN CHRIST, which is the freedom from trying to live under the Law system for righteousness. But to say that this is liberty to act in ways contrary to what is clearly laid out in the bible for us as our guide is totally thoughtless and uncaring. It seems the whole motivation to teach in such a manner would be only for the benefit of justifying ones own actions.
As a parent I love my son unconditionally. No matter what I will always love him. And because I love him there are things that I would want to protect him from and there are behaviors that I would never endorse because they would either be a detriment his health, our relationship by shutting me out or cause him to experience life in ways that will not allow him to experience the quality of life God desires for him. To then say it is okay for either God or myself to turn a blind eye and accept anything that he does as okay can only mean that we do not love him. We would be reinforcing the demonically inspired notion that it is okay to reject God’s best so he could live the life that he wants because an influence outside of the love of God is driving him away from God’s desires for him through some sort of self gratification.
There is absolutely no correlation then between the liberty we have in Christ and the approval of God to live contrary to His desire for us. In being His offspring our desires are going to inherently be similar if they are not being influenced by and outside corrupted source. It is totally true again that this has nothing to do with eternal life, salvation in Jesus, because that is a gift that we experience by faith alone and not of any works. But when we say it is okay for someone to remain in a state of existence prior to that of what is God’s best then we are saying we do not love them. Accepting someone regardless of who they are and what they do is not the same as approving of their circumstances. In these cases our hope would be in the love of God persuading their hearts to seek the life that only He can give by setting them free of the beliefs that they have about themselves.
Just as in the case of my son, if I knew of something he was doing or believed to be true that was contrary to God, then I would try my best to influence him to believe the truth. I would never want him to experience life in ways contrary to his inherit nature, what many call sin, because I love him. This does not meant that I have rejected him, nor would I ever reject him, but it only means that I would be expressing my love for him as our Father does towards us.