References: Romans 6
The believer's character and conduct in pursuit of holiness becomes more and more like Christ's. This likeness is to be increasing and ongoing throughout the believer's life, in all areas of life. Behavior modification transfers guilt and blame so the sinner becomes a victim. Consequently behavior band-aids get applied outwardly over the inner source of the problem residing in the sinful heart of man. The believer deals with sin in a much different way as part of their pursuit of holiness. While the grace of God is great and abundant, sin must, and can be, dealt with immediately. Sin no longer rules the life of the believer who has been delivered from its power and dominion.