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Feb 16

What is Holy?

In God’s Word, 1 Peter 1:15, it says, “but the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct;” 16,”for it is written, ‘BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY.'” This verse used to strike terror in my heart. I thought I was the furthest thing from holy! That was, until someone told me to look up the definition of holy. HOLY: Belonging to, derived from, or associated with God. Really? I belong to God! I derived (was obtained or received from a source) from God! Thanks to Jesus, I’m associated with God! According to the definition I AM HOLY! Isn’t that just the most encouraging truth you’ve heard today? We ARE holy merely because we belong to, come from and associate with God! Now that I know I AM holy, it’s easier to BE holy. When I thought of myself as evil, it was easier to be evil. Does that make sense to you? Try it (if you don’t already) and see for yourself how much easier it is to conduct yourself in a holy manner when thinking of yourself as holy.

How do you most often think of yourself? Sinner or saint? Same thing applies. When I think of my self as an awful sinner, it’s more likely that I’ll fall into sin. While thinking of myself as one of God’s own saints, makes me want to live up to higher standards. All by His grace, of course. My conclusion? God’s Word refers to His believers as saints in Jude 3, Phl. 4:21, Rom. 8:27, and Eph. 1:18, and that’s good enough for me!

1 comment

  1. Sally

    It’s all in one’s perspective, isn’t it? “makes me want to live up to higher standards” is a good attitude to embrace. (here’s your comment, Roxanne 🙂 )

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