H is for Holiness

The holiness of God is truly awesome.  His holiness is a concept that is difficult to understand.  It actually represents all that God is.  One aspect of His holiness is purity – sinlessness.  God cannot even choose not to sin because sin has not part in His being.  Then you read “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2b).  This is a command that is given several times in the Bible in both the Old and the New Testaments.

Two thoughts that can help us to obey this command.

1.  Remember that sin is very limiting.  Think of sin like a ball and chain that prisoners used to wear.  The things that we do that we may jokingly call our “vices” actually limit us in many ways.  God is completely free.  Sin has no hold on Him, and it should have no hold on Christians.

For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all;
but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin,
but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:10-11

2.  Live your life to please God, not to please yourself.  We should focus our thoughts, not on our preferences, but on what pleases God.  The only way to know what pleases God is to read the Bible.  Read all of it and then read it again.  God is so big that we can’t understand all that pleases Him right away.

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it,
we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask
that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work
and increasing in the knowledge of God;
strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,
for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;
joyously giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified us to share
in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

Colossians 1:9-12

It is worth it to live a holy life that frees us from sin
and pleases God.

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