When you find your self in a challenging situation or period of time, one of your best options is simply to keep your mouth shut and say nothing. Your words are powerful and one of the devil’s most powerful weapons against you resides about one inch below your nose. Be careful what you say. Our words reveal what’s in our hearts and also what is being stored in our subconscious mind. You will often hear someone say, “I didn’t mean what I said!” Chances are they did mean it in the moment and are now regretting having said it.
If we are honest, we likely all have been guilty of this at some point in our life. I am seeking to grasp a better understanding of what it means “to be holy as God is holy” (1 Peter 1:16). I suspect the concept of holy and holiness is very foreign in our culture today. When the Holy Spirit gave me a specific meaning of the this concept a few months ago, I began to use it, but never really understood the depth of its meaning. In Isaiah 6 we read of the prophet’s profound encounter with a holy God and the impact this experience had on him and his life. I suspect most people today who have said YES to the relationship with God through His Son, Jesus have no concept of what happened there in the temple with Isaiah and do not relate to what connecting to the holiness of God is really like.
I invite you to begin to reflect on the concept of what “holy” and “holiness” looks like in practical terms of bringing your life into “perfect alignment with pure, selfless love” as demonstrated by Jesus. No wonder Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me.” As you consider how to consistently exercise this concept, you will realize it is impossible by your own strength and effort. It must be a work of God in us and it requires some specific actions on our part. Remember Hebrews 12:14 tells us, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (NIV). Are you enjoying perfect alignment with pure, selfless love?