Holy Living

Holy Living

holy livingDid you know that Jesus did not die only for our salvation? According to the Bible he also died so that we would ‘die to sin and live to righteousness’ (1 Peter 2:24). Being saved by grace is not the end. It is the beginning of holy living.

God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside. (1 Thessalonians 4:7, MSG)

Grace does not excuse us from holy living, it empowers us for holiness.
Holiness is not just reserved for church professionals, it is for every Christian.

God even provides everything we need – his grace – for holy living. Why don’t we then use his provision? Why do we go with the flow instead? Why don’t we resist unholy things in our lives when we do have the power to do so (provided by Jesus)?

With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God. (2 Cor. 7:1, MSG)

We are called for becoming holy as God is holy.
We are even empowered for holy living.

Now it is our turn to do our part, don’t you think? How can we then live holy? Only by abiding in the Holy Spirit, we can’t do it alone. It’s not about growing our moral muscle, it’s about abiding in grace. You can learn how to overcome temptations. By God’s grace holy living can become your new normal.

Gracious God,
Help us to understand that being saved is only the beginning.
Help us to embrace holy living as our new normal.
Make us holy like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you aim for holy living? How do you do it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace holy living as your way of life!

Image courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke.  Linking up today with Unite the Bloggersphere and #tellhisstory.

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