1 corinthians1:2: Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
Colossians3:12-13: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Holiness is about being loved by God and him wanting us to be more like him.
2 Corinthians5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
We are trying to find a balance between living a life of knowing God loves us no matter what but to still walking a life free of bad habits.
We need to identify the things that God would view as wrong and be willing to change it.
1 Peter 1:15-16: But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.
1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Thessalonians 4: 3-8: It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Holiness is based on grace alone:
Look up the following verses on your own and reflect on what they say about Grace and Holiness:
1 Thessalonians 5:23
1 John 3:23
Galatians 5: 22-23:
This should be a hopeful dependency on God to help us grow from the inside out.
Sanctification is not about actions:
Philippians 2:12-13: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Romans 12:2: Do not conform 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.
Although we are called to be perfect God understands that our journey of sanctification is lifelong. We all have sinned, so continue to bring our shortcomings to God.
1 John 1:8-10: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Holiness is not an option, it is the goal:
Hebrews 12:14: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Luke 22:39: Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.
What Is your plan to live life and grow in holiness?
How will you achieve spiritual maturity by letting God live within you?
How will you be disciplined in your spiritual life?
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