Sunday, July 13, 2008

Accepting the Whole Love of God

Holiness or righteousness is a way of life for disciples. Hundred and thousands of book have been written on the topic of Holiness. Anglican Bishop JC Lyle (1816-1900) once wrote that "Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word. He who most entirely agrees with God, he is the most holy man." To follow Christ we must be fully committed to the Christian life and the journey of salvation. To become more like God, as we are made in His image, we must devote ourselves to a path of holiness. Whether it be through worship or spiritual discipline, we must continue every day to strive to live a life that honors God and neighbor. The choice to become closer to God is ours. Either we spend our days distracted, toiling in the things of the world, or we can slow down and take the time to be holy. "For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life." 1 Thessalonians 4:7
As we strive to be holy, our family, friends and coworkers will see our witness. Any inconsistent behavior that runs counter to the Christian life can and will hinder others finding God. It is by God's grace that we have been saved through faith. Our faith must be true, strong and courageous. This week, take time to be holy. Take time to be a living testimony to all you encounter. Who knows, maybe you might be able to walk with someone for a few moments and help them along their own path.

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