Once again God has brought to my attention the importance of respecting Him by living a life of holiness “Do not love the world or anything in the world,” writes the Apostle John in his first letter. “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
We are surrounded by the world and it is very easy to pick up things and practices that do not honor the Father. Why is it important to perfect holiness? “Out of reverence for God,” writes the Apostle Paul. See for yourself!
2 Corinthians 7:1
Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Without holiness we cannot see the Lord!
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
We have been called to a holy life!
2 Timothy 1:8-9
God… has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
This is weighing heavily on my heart. Sometimes we don’t take this seriously, but we are not to conform to the pattern of this world. We need to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. We should NOT live by the standards of this world!
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
2 Corinthians 10:1-5
By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you–I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Peter 3:11-14
What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
These are just a few references to remind us of the importance to be blameless before God. We cannot do it in our own strength but Jesus is at our side and we have the power of the Holy Spirit. He is our Helper!
Remember this daily: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
Out of reverence for God,
let us perfect holiness.