There’s a popular mindset both inside and outside of the church that says, “God just wants us to be happy.”
But the fact is, God wants us to be holy.
What does it mean to be holy? It means to be set apart from the world by the way that we live. It means that we’re walking in step with our faith.
Scripture isn’t a candy bowl by which we pick and choose our favorite words hoping to satiate our palette. It’s a well-balanced diet of truth which is difficult to swallow at times, but nevertheless it gives nourishment to our soul.
A watered-down, feel-good message that disregards the will of the Lord, does nothing but offer a temporal high. If you want to offer someone a long-lasting sense of peace, encourage them to seek the Lord. If you truly love your neighbor, introduce them to Christ.
You don’t have to pound them over the head with your message, I’m not saying that. Just love them enough to share the good news of the gospel. Love them enough to live out your faith.
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Tilling the Soil
Read 1 Peter 1.
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16, NIV)
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