A good friend of mine introduced me to the word of the week. This word could be something that you chose or felt the need to pray and mediate on. Even though we may have our own individual daily prayer schedule it is good to have a focused prayer often.
For this week, my word is holiness. On Sunday, my pastor preached on holiness and the importance of leading a holy life. Holiness is not necessarily the way you dress-you can wear a long skirt, long sleeve shirt and still be promiscuous. It is not necessarily the way you style your hair- you can be a ‘non-wearing weave girl’ and be sleeping around. Holiness means to be morally blameless before God. This means that you are clean and pure before God. Holiness does not only include sexual morality, it is the way we talk, the way we treat others and conduct our lives. It does not mean that we will not sin, but we should try our very best to lead a Christ like life so our relationship with God is strong. This is because if we allow sin to come in, it puts a barrier between God and ourselves. This then puts our relationship with God in jeopardy and then we become distant with God.
I do not want to be far from God. So, my word of the week is holiness so I can lead a life that is pleasing to God.
Here are some Bible verses on holiness:
- 1 Thessalonians 4:7- For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. (NIV)
- Leviticus 20:26- You are to be holy because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own. (NIV)
- Philippians 4:8- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. (NIV)
- 1 Peter 1 15-16- But just as he called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy”. (NIV)
- Romans 12:1- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this your true and proper worship. (NIV)
- 1 Thessalonians 3:13-May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (NIV)