Today’s Christian Woman: Distinctly Unholy?
“To be holy in our own strength and for our own glory is to be distinctly unholy.”We’ve believed a lie about personal holiness. We’ve believed several lies actually. We’ve bought into the idea that holiness equals a
- disapproving lifestyle.
THE TRUTH: holiness and joy go hand in hand in scripture.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions. Hebrews 1:9Every Christian is commanded to be holy. The idea of holiness includes being set apart, belonging to God, hating what God hates and pursuing what God loves. “Be ye holy as I am holy.” ” Strive for holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” “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.”
“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin…”
“Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.”
“For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”
- I can watch immorality as entertainment and not have it affect me.
- I can listen to unwholesome talk and be okay.
- I can be unloving to one person without consequence.
- I can indulge in the flesh in food, drink, sleep or s*x and nobody’s going to get hurt.
- I can nurse that grudge and hold on to unforgiveness without it effecting me spiritually.
- I can chase worthless pursuits because God wants me to be happy.