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Hey guys, I’ve missed you! So I’m back to blogging, but not going to be on social media still, so you can always contact me on here or on Facebook Messenger because I am still logged into that.
Anywho, I was just reading about God’s holiness in one of my theology books and wanted to talk about how we view holiness, because I think a lot of the time we get it wrong (or maybe it’s just me!)
I think we have a tendency to think that God’s holiness is something that it’s not—almost in a way that we think God is demanding the same level of perfection of us as He is perfect. But what holiness really is is God setting the standard for righteousness for us of how He wants us to live. Our gracious God, however, understands that we are going to fall.
Have you ever looked at an Old Testament law and thought, but why? If you haven’t thought that, you haven’t read the law books. (Just kidding.) He always has a reason for why He wants us to live in a particular way, even when it came to laws like this:
“‘Keep my decrees. ‘Do not mate different kinds of animals.’ ‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.’ ‘Do not wear clothing woven with two kinds of material'” (Leviticus 19:19 NIV).
Is something like this infringing on free will or is it something that God put in place to protect those whom He loved? When the nation of Israel followed God’s commands, they were the healthiest nation in the world. I don’t believe in coincidence ;).
So holiness isn’t God trying to make us work and work and work to achieve a goal we’ll never reach—that’d be cruel and God is not a cruel god. However, as our Father who desires to protect us, He also has the authority to set standards for our lives. It is 100% up to us whether or not we choose to obey those standards, but if we disobey the standards that our heavenly Father has set for us, we are also choosing to deal with the consequences of doing so.
However, we can choose to walk in obedience. Jesus makes it pretty simple:
“If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15 NIV).
Can it get any simpler than that? If you truly love Jesus you will do as He instructs you to. It’s pretty clear if we look at the example of the biblical writers that we’re going to mess up because we’re humans and we have free will. However, we should be actively pursuing God’s will for our lives rather than doing whatever our flesh desires.
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