November 2, 2018
As always we learn much from the Bible when we take time to read and study it. We have been looking at different words and learning what the biblical meaning is so we can better understand God’s Word. As we finish looking at the word “holy” let’s remember that God commands us to be holy, not holier-than-thou. To be holy we are to be set apart from the world. We are to follow Jesus. Jesus was compassionate. “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” (Matthew 15:32 KJV) Are you compassionate about the needs of others? Jesus cared about people and that was seen in His life as He went about teaching and healing. He had the attitude of a servant. Jesus said: “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 KJV) Christians are to serve God and other people. Christians should seek ways to help others. Jesus was submissive to God. As a human, Jesus suffered physical and emotional pain and yet He obeyed the Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus said: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39 KJV) None of us likes to suffer but are you willing to suffer if that is God’s will for you? God has a purpose for everything and many times He uses suffering to bring about good things. Jesus had a heart of mercy and forgiveness. When Jesus was on the cross He said: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 KJV) Do you have a heart of mercy and forgiveness? Jesus taught much about forgiveness and if we are going to live a holy life, we need to be forgiving. And we need to ask God to forgive us. The Bible says: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10 KJV) To live a holy life we must confess and repent of our sins. To live a holy life is to live as Jesus lives. The Bible says: “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:14 KJV) When we are clothed with Jesus we will seek to live like Him. The Bible tells us over and over what Jesus was like. As we read and study God’s Word, let’s seek to apply what we learn to our lives. Let us be obedient to God’s Word so we can truly be holy as He is holy.