1 Peter 1:16 Be Holy for I am Holy
What do you see when you look at Christianity today. Do Christians stand out or are they no
different in their words, deeds, ethics, and worldly desires. How often do we see Christians
fall, and though many start out well many end up on the shelf. For the few that repent how often
are they not forgiven by man although they have been by God.
How many poor role models do we have, Christian businessmen, actors, singers, gangsters, TV
evangelists, students; though they name the name of Christ there is little to no evidence that
they live for Him. People can be turned away by the things that Christians condone, say, and
act. Should not the gospel make a difference in someone's life. I read a quote once that said
?His preaching was good, his writing better, but his life best of all?.
When believers sin it makes believers and unbelievers stumble. Did it not say in Matt. 4:19
?Follow me and I will make you fishers of men?.
Why should a Christian pursue holiness? Well when we are not holy it gives dishonor to Christ.
So how can someone who is saved live a holy life. It does not come from a system of rules and
regulations, a certain standard of behavior, or a list of do?s and don?t?s. If it were following
the law then there would need to be a punishment or it would only be good advise. If we had to
follow the law we would loose our salvation for disobeying the law.
Holiness does not come by obeying certain laws and avoiding certain taboos, but by grace. Grace
comes from a love of the savior not by following the law or fear of punishment. God wants us to
recognize that He saved us by grace and now wants us to live a lifestyle from love, and not fear
God has given us His word filled with practical instruction and commandments, to help and guide
us in living a holy life. This includes principles of appropriate behavior, what to do and not
to do, what is right or wrong, and godly heart desires.
Honor Christ by loving Him, desiring to live a holy life that will give glory to our Savior
Jesus Christ; and will draw others toward him, not repel others away.