“He that believes in the Son has everlasting life.” Is it enough, then, to believe in the Son,’ someone will say, ‘in order to have everlasting life?’ By no means! Listen to Christ declare this himself when he says, ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord! Lord!” shall enter into the kingdom of heaven'”
-Early Church Father John Chrysostom (349-407) in Homilies on the Gospel of John 31:1.
John Chrysostom is a major Church Father in the Eastern Church much like Augustine of Hippo is for Western Christianity.
I share this quote to highlight how important works are as signs of what truly is in the heart. Professing that Jesus is Lord is not the same as living as if Jesus is Lord.
Some cheaters love to use religious language claiming to be following Jesus while dying His Lordship over their actions. A profession is not enough…
Jesus stands ready to forgive us completely. However, Jesus requires us to bend our knee to Him making Him our Lord. It is not enough just to say he is our Lord. We must also live as if He is.
Cheaters are in for a very rude awakening come Judgment Day if they believe saying, “Sorry” while continuing the infidelity is enough to save their souls. It is not.
God demands repentance…in actions and not just words.
If God who is far more gracious and capable of forgiving than us does not accept cheap talk, then why ought we–faithful spouses? Follow God’s model, look for the actions demonstrating the sorry.
Anything less is demonstration that they really aren’t sorry. Just as Jesus really isn’t their Lord, or they would stop grieving His Spirit by continuing in sin.