Follow Jesus moment-by-moment and step-by-step, starting with the little things. He will add them up. Remember: there is never a problem in front of you bigger than the God standing right beside you.
Our obedience is not the condition of our acceptance; it is the consequence of our acceptance. Loved by God, we love him in return. As we grow in our love of God, we will grow to love what he loves more and more - something that we will express in growing obedience. If we would grow to loathe our sin, let us first grow in our love of Christ!
Sometimes, Bible teachers today seem to imply that the pardon of vertical sins should imply immunity to their horizontal consequences. It doesn’t. What it does mean is that we have all the favor and divine resources we need, as much as it depends upon us, to make things right with those we’ve offended (Matthew 5:23; Romans 12:18). We can take our sins against them seriously because God took them seriously for us in his Son, Jesus Christ.
When I was younger, I liked reading the story of Jesus cleansing the temple. I sensationalized it, imagining him flipping tables and whipping money changers like an 80’s action hero terrorizing Soviets. It was gratifying to imagine a fiery-eyed Jesus confronting the sins of others, those who would dare turn his house into a den of thieves. Later, I realized that Jesus is even more zealous about cleansing me, a temple of the Holy Spirit. If it’s not of him, it’s gotta go. Uh oh.