Holiness

…but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 ESV

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:17-18 ESV

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NIV

Now there’s a scary word to the Christian who is trying hard to live their life for Jesus, to the best of their ability, and we think we don’t measure up. Here’s a thought, we don’t measure up to the holiness of God, but is that what it’s all about?

We don’t serve an unreasonable God and that is something we need to hold on to. Look at the verses in Romans and Hebrews, do they show a hard line from an uncaring God? We are given all the tools to live right by God, but we need to be serious about our part. I find great comfort that the peak of holiness is covered in the words, “If possible, so far as it depends on you”, and “Make every effort… to be Holy”.

We can’t and don’t have to be as Holy as God. He doesn’t ask that from us, but He does ask us to try our best to STRIVE towards Holiness, and live a Godly life. This IS possible for us to do, and put like that, it isn’t so scary after all, is it?

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