Date: February 10, 2014 10:55 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Holy And Godly
Holy And Godly
"Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming." (2 Peter 3:11-12)
Scripture Focus: Galatians 5:22-26
In commenting on these verses, Michael Green says that "a man's character is the only thing he can take out of this life with him." Actually, we do not even take that! When I leave here, I will leave clinging only to the grace and stronghold of my Savior, Jesus Christ, not anything I have done. Our world will not carry on forever, but those of us who are believers in Christ will. So with that humbling reality, what kind of people ought we to be while we remain on this earth?
Peter tells us in two words: holy and godly. Because we belong to God, we should reflect His character qualities in our lives the same way a child reflects much of his parents in his upbringing. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to be like Jesus, holy and godly.
If you read the list of the "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22-23, you'll find a perfect description of the character of Jesus Christ. Those are the qualities that the Holy Spirit will increasingly cultivate in our lives as well, reflecting our holy and godly Savior.
Insight: "Father, help me realize how important these few years on earth are and to concentrate on things of eternal value."
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