"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life" (Romans 6:23)
Many evangelical teachers insist so strongly upon free, unconditional grace as to create the impression that sin is not a serious matter and that God cares very little about it!
They make it seem that God is only concerned with our escaping the consequences.
The gospel, then, in practical application, means little more than a way to escape the fruits of your past!
But the heart that has felt the weight of its own sin and has seen the dread whiteness of the most High God will never believe that a message of forgiveness without transformation is a message of good news. To remit a man's past without transforming his present is to violate the moral sincerity of his own heart.
To that kind of thing God will be no party! For to offer a sinner the gift of salvation based upon the work of Christ, while at the same time allowing him to retain the idea that the gift carries with it no moral implications, is to do him untold injury where it hurts him most!
Father, thank You for changing me from the inside out. Empower me by Your Spirit to live in the light of Your forgiveness today. Amen
~A. W. Tozer~