Date: January 6, 2014 11:57 PM
Topic: +DEV+ A Handel For Holiness
A Handel For Holiness
"Don't you know that...you are slaves to the one whom you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" (Romans 6:16)
Scripture Focus: Romans 6:15-23
I can almost hear you saying, "I want to be holy; I've tried time and again, but I just can't seem to get a handle on it."
I have good news for you. I've found the "handle" for holiness. It's expressed simply in today's Bible verses: Obedience leads to righteousness, which leads to holiness (see vs. 16, 19). Obedience is the "handle" we need to take hold of.
One pastor points out that righteousness refers mainly to our actions while holiness speaks of our inner state or condition. "To be holy means to be pure within, to be pure in heart, to be pure in life, to be dedicated to God, to be conformed to His divine image and character."
Before we have Jesus on the throne of our lives, Paul says our sinful actions lead to "ever-increasing wickedness." But when we are living for Christ, our righteous actions lead to ever-increasing holiness. As we obey, our character will be strengthened in holiness. Even when we lose our "handle" on holiness, our perfect Redeemer has His hold on us.
Insight: "Lord, help me desire to obey, and then help me to do it by the power of your Holy Spirit."
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