'Therefore, to you who believe, he is precious.' 1 Peter 2:7 NKJV
We learn from looking at the breastplate worn by Israel's high priest that: (a) we are precious to God; (b) we are close to his heart; (c) he will never turn his back on us. You say, 'If God will never turn his back on us, does that mean we can live any way we please?' No, and here's why. As a redeemed child of God, not only are you precious in his eyes, he is also precious in your eyes. So you will value your relationship with him above all else and protect it from anything that threatens it.
Question: When you realise how valuable and precious you are in God's eyes, does that make you want to go out and sin, or continue living in sin? Of course not! On the contrary, your thoughts will run more along the lines of: 'This is not how a believer who is precious to the Lord behaves.' A precious diamond doesn't belong in the mud, grime and filth of sin. Its rightful place is close to the heart of God where it sparkles and shines. Knowing your true, righteous and precious-to-God identity in Christ elevates you above the desire to give in to sin. It makes you want to walk and live as a child of the King.
Indeed, holy living is the result of seeing yourself as God sees you - 'in Christ.' Instead of giving in to temptation, you'll ask yourself, 'What would Jesus do in this situation?' Then you'll draw on his strength and do the right thing. A true understanding of God's grace doesn't prevent holiness, it produces it.
Soulfood: Gen 1:1 - 2:3, John 1:1-18