1 Peter 1:13–16 (NLT): 13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
Was the list in my previous post familiar? (You can find that post here)
Have you heard or were you taught a similar list of behaviors?
The people that taught me that list or those behaviors were people I love dearly. More importantly they were taught to me by people that dearly love Jesus. They are people that I love and highly respect. Where did they learn those things? Someone taught them. Someone they respected.
The behaviors are perhaps “different” than many others but I am convinced they have nothing to do with the kind of Holiness God, who IS Jesus, taught His disciples.
“A new commandment I give you, love one another, as I have loved you.” -John 13:34-35
“they will know you are my disciples by your love.” John 13:35
“Confess your sins, one to another and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” James 5:16
“Love your enemies” Matthew 5:44
“As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, your proclaim my death until I come.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
“Work as for the Lord” Colossians 3L23-24
“Husband, love your wives as Christ loves the church….” Ephesians 5:25
“Wives, submit to your husbands as is fitting to the Lord.” Colossians 3:18
““If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison–your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
It REALLY SEEMS TO ME that the Scriptures point out those are the expressions of Holiness that are to be expressed by the church. (Not that this is an exhaustive explanation).
I’m not convinced, nor have I ever been convinced, that Jesus really cares if my shirt is tucked in or my hair is cut above my collar.
As I continue my road of becoming a follower, a disciple of Jesus, I am waking up to the fact that Holiness is NOT a code of behavior, but rather a life that honors the Savior King that gave Himself up for me.
The Bible is the standard that teaches me how to live a honorable life of surrender to Jesus, the King who saved me.
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