Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Day 9-Destiny of holiness
I Peter 1:15-16 But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
Holiness is a tall order, but it is the ultimate goal of God for our lives. We are to examine every area of our lives and cull anything that detracts from the goal. What I read, think, watch, and do. I am a work in progress. Yesterday I picked up a video from the library, intending to watch it some time when I get the chance. This morning I returned it, unwatched because I just didn't think it would be something that would spur me on toward holiness. In fact, I thought it might hold me back from holiness.
Am I holy? No. I'm too human and too imperfect. Yesterday I yelled at my teenage daughter in a fit of impatience with her. Was that an example of holiness? No. I fell short. I needed to apologize to her...and hoped that the damage done wasn't too great.
Holiness is a process of the Holy Spirit changing me and it begins with my acceptance of the God who is working change in me.
The one thing that matters is whether a man will accept the God who will make him holy. At all costs a man must be rightly related to God.
Never tolerate through sympathy with yourself or with others any practice that is not in keeping with a holy God. Holiness means unsullied walking with the feet, unsullied talking with the tongue, unsullied thinking with the mind-every detail of life under the scrutiny of God.
From Webster's dictionary:
1. to soil, stain, or tarnish.–verb (used with object)
2. to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.
3. to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.–verb (used without object)
4. Obsolete . a stain; soil.–noun
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