“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. 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. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:13-16.
“You must be holy because I am holy.”
Whoa,,,what? Be Holy. How is this even possible? It is not easy being a good spouse, or parent, or friend. How am I supposed to be as holy as God? I’ve got issues. I do things I don’t want to do. I make mistakes. Being holy in life generally and in marriage specifically, seems impossible.
The Bible has a lot to say on the subject. Psalm 14:2-3 says, “The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one.” And in Isaiah 64:6, we read, “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” What hope do we possibly have of becoming holy like God?
Fortunately, holiness is not just based on our own efforts at being good. Holiness is who we are based on our relationship with Jesus Christ. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then the Bible says that you have been given a new heart. A new person has replaced the old person. We are holy because of our position in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:10 says it like this, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.”
We have been made holy… not because we follow a bunch of rules of things to do and not to do. It is not because we exhausted ourselves trying to be a spouse or parent or a better person. It is because of Jesus Christ. But even though our position as a child of God is secure when we accept Him as Savior, it is still important how we conduct our lives in marriage and in life. We must continue to live in a pure and Holy way that pleases and honors our Father in heaven.
Living a life of holiness isn’t easy. We are to imitate Christ. To do that we must turn away from the temptations of the world, and we live in obedience to our Heavenly Father.
- Does living a holy and pure life seem impossible? Does that mean marriage is impossible as well?
- What is he hardest part of living a holy life?