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How May We Live Holy Lives?

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1, ESV)

Christians are called to be a holy people; but what is holiness?  Holiness is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit in us.  Holiness is being transformed into a new creature through faith in Jesus Christ.  Holiness is also the fruit of the Spirit being expressed in our lives.  Holiness is expressed by us to God when we love Him more than all else.  Holiness is expressed by our obedience and delight in God’s Glory.

We demonstrate holiness in our lives by conforming to the example of Christ in the Scriptures.  Others must see our good works to know the holiness of our walk in Christ.  Holiness is the hatred of sin and endeavoring to eradicate it from our lives.  Holiness is self-control.  We must learn to consistently think Godly thoughts as we conform our minds to the mind of Christ.  We must be heavenly-minded if we are to be of any earthly good to our Savior.

Christians do sin and will often fail in the pursuit of holiness.  However, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to help us pick ourselves up and continue moving toward the prize of His high calling.  We repent of our failures and hold on to the strong anchor of our hope.  We pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us as we continue to pursue holiness.  Let us pray that God would continue to bless us in this endeavor.  Let us pray that our lives would honor God for this great work He has done in our salvation.

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