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The Need To Be Holy

Updated: May 25, 2020

By sis Esther Tok


Am I a pure Christian or a Christian with many black spots? To be a holy Christian, one must always be sober because temptations come from all directions. As Christians, we have to always bear in mind our words, our thoughts and our actions. As Peter says in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” A truly-converted Christian needs to totally flee from temptations and avoid the snares of the devil. How can he or she do so, except with a strong mind, galvanized by the knowledge and practice of God’s word?

We need to live a holy life as this is God's command: “For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy..." (Leviticus 11:44). Peter also says this in 1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."

Living a holy life should be our response to our Saviour, as we are saved by God’s grace and are indebted to Him. We should make ourselves wise through His word so that we may lead a life pleasing to Him. We aim to live a holy life because we are motivated by our relationship with God and our love for Him, who is our heavenly Father. Perhaps, through the way we lead our lives, as holy Christians, we also might be able to influence non-believers and draw them to Christ. Col 4:5 states we that should “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

God hates sin, and so should we. We need to take our spiritual life seriously. Sin is subtle and treacherous. Gen 4:7 says “...if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Our obedience to God’s word is to be holy, so we must keep ourselves away from sin. We should always pray to God for guidance in our paths. He is our source of protection, strength and peace. With the support of like-minded brethren and the Almighty God by our side, we can be sure that living a holy life is possible as long as we take active steps to do so!

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