When I was younger, I had a really hard time understanding what holiness was.
I knew God was Holy, Holy, Holy.
And I knew that we were supposed to try to be holy.
But I found all of that really confusing.
Somehow, in trying to piece it all together, I got the idea that God being holy was equated with His wrath over sin. But that doesn’t make sense, if we are to be holy as He is holy.
Other people tried to explain God’s holiness and love as being two sides of a coin. But that doesn’t quite make sense to me either. Is God only two-sided?
As I got older and studied the Word of God more for myself, I began to realize that God is holy, so everything about Him has to be holy!
- His love is holy.
- His justice is holy.
- His grace is holy.
- His patience is holy.
- His kindness,
- His gentleness,
- His goodness,
- His forgiveness,
- His joy,
- His peace,
- His faithfulness,
- His light,
- His truth,
- His mercy,
- His compassion,
- and yes, His grief over sin and the death it causes.
All of these things about Him are holy.
“God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
Anything unholy is darkness.
So if God lacked any of those good things that He is, it would make Him unholy, and that is not possible.
He does not lack any of those things and never will.
So, instead of His love and holiness being two sides of a coin, I found that His true love is holy, and that holiness includes His true love as an attribute, a part of what it is.
So, for me to be holy as He is holy, it isn’t just a list of do’s and don’ts, rather it is something that is only possible by abiding in Him in close relationship. It is only possible by being full of the Holy Spirit.
Being holy as He is holy means being loving, kind, merciful, compassionate, patient, truthful, faithful, pure, and the rest of the above list. It is the inward purity of the heart being manifested in godly attitudes, words, and deeds.
Jesus came and showed us the Father. Jesus was holy. His love was holy, and His holiness included love.
If we ever overhear someone saying about us that we remind them of what Jesus was like, then we’ll know that the Holy Spirit is working His love and holiness in us in a visible way. But beware! As soon as we congratulate ourselves, holiness will flee out the back door! We will never be holy without God putting His holiness in our hearts, so the only One we can praise for holiness in us is God Himself.
I’m so glad God is Holy! He has nothing to hide! He has no dark secrets hidden deep in His pocket! He has no skeletons in His closet!
When He gives us His word, we know we can trust Him because He cannot break a promise!
Lord, please help us to walk close to You so we can know You more and let You work Your holiness in us, so the world can get a glimpse of You and come to know You, as well!