2 Thessalonians 2:13-15, “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

It is easy to fall into the “good day, bad day” view of sanctification. On good days, we feel that God loves us, gives us more favor, and blesses us. On bad days, we feel that God is against us and looks angrily and unloving at us in judgment.

However, on both good days and bad days we are desperately in need of grace. Our problem is that we either fall into self-righteousness or self-pity as we look at our selves. The solution is that only God’s love, shown in Christ and experienced through the Spirit, will motivate our desires to be holy.

We cannot lose sight of the gospel. Imperfect sinners can still be loved by God because it is through Christ alone that God loves us, and this should lead us to draw near to God in repentance and faith on a daily basis, trusting that the Spirit is sanctifying us in His Truth.