Practicing Holiness

“But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:15-16

The practice of holiness is extremely lacking in the hearts of Christians and many houses of worship today.  Yet, I can think of few things, if any, more important in the body of Christ.

God requires it.

Instead of calling out sin and encouraging one another to practice holiness as God requires, we invite it into our churches, laughing at our own sins as we say, “I can’t possibly be holy on this earth! I am just a sinner saved by grace.”

Let me ask you a simple question.  

If Jesus were to occupy every space within your heart and spirit, would there be any sin there?

And what about the results of your prayers and mine?  

The Holy Bible tells us in James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

Just imagine a community of believers where holiness is truly pursued.  It is a place of great blessing and power; a place of healing and deliverance; a place of love, joy, and peace.  Rather than imagining it, why don't we practice this?  Why don't we become a united community of believers where holiness is pursued? 

It is what Jesus prayed for us all in John 17.

"Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord who makes you holy" (Leviticus 20:8).

Goodnight, Runners.


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