Living a Life of Holiness
Living a Life of Holiness: Strive for Perfection in God’s Eyes by Bishop Edward Brink
Are you tired of living a life that is filled with sin and shame? Do you long to live a life that pleases God and brings you peace? If so, then it’s time to pursue a life of holiness. The Bible tells us that we are called to be holy, just as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). But what does it mean to live a life of holiness, and how can we achieve it?
Living a life of holiness means striving for perfection in God’s eyes. It means living a life that is set apart from the world and its sinful ways. It means living a life that reflects the character of Christ. This may sound like a lofty goal, but it is not impossible. With God’s help, we can achieve holiness.
One way to achieve holiness is by setting our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). We must focus our minds on God and His Word, and not on the distractions and temptations of this world. This requires discipline and a commitment to spending time with God through prayer and Bible study.
Another way to achieve holiness is by putting off our old self and putting on the new self in Christ (Ephesians 4:22-24). We must rid ourselves of our old sinful ways and put on the righteousness of Christ. This requires a willingness to change and a desire to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).
Living a life of holiness also means obeying God’s commandments. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). We must strive to obey God’s commandments not out of obligation, but out of love for Him. This includes loving our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), forgiving others as we have been forgiven (Colossians 3:13), and abstaining from sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
But why should we strive for holiness? Why is it important? The Bible tells us that without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Living a life of holiness is not just about pleasing God, but it is also about our own salvation. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), and this includes striving for holiness.
Living a life of holiness is not easy, but it is worth it. We must set our minds on things above, put off our old self, obey God’s commandments, and strive for perfection in God’s eyes. With God’s help, we can achieve holiness and live a life that is pleasing to Him. So, dear reader, will you commit to living a life of holiness today?
Remember, “Ye shall be holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Holiness is not just a suggestion; it is a commandment from God. Let us strive for holiness with all of our hearts and minds and let us allow God to work in us to achieve His perfect will. May we live a life that reflects the character of Christ and brings glory to our Heavenly Father.
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