Be Holy, Because I am Holy

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:14-16 HCSB

God has blessed us with four wonderful children of whom we are proud. Each has professed faith in Christ and married Christian spouses. They all are living their lives for the Lord. However like any children growing up, they did not always obey. It is only natural for children to test the limits and exercise their freedoms.

Peter reminds us to be like obedient children and not yield to our human desires. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be holy as God is holy (Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7). The Holy Spirit who lives within us as believers guides us to strive for holiness. Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of how we are to live our lives. At the very beginning of this letter Peter reminded his readers that they are set apart by the “Spirit of Obedience” (1 Peter 1:2).

Challenge: When it comes to your relationship with your Heavenly Father, are you more like an obedient or disobedient child? Follow the prompting and guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life. Obey your Heavenly Father and be holy as He is holy.

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