HOLINESS
GOD'S LOVE LANGUAGE


You can discover what a person loves by knowing what they hate. Listen to the very heart of God. Let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these [are things] that I hate, saith the LORD. I hate every false way.I hate pride and loftiness, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth.So you also have those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. Zec 8:17, Psa 119:104, Prov 8:13, Rev 2:15, Pr 15:9

There is no way around it, Holiness is God's love language. The righteous Lord loves that which resembles Himself. "
The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.
For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the uprigh. Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory." Ps 11:4,7 - Exo 15:11 Isaiah 6:3

God who is Holiness would have His children to be a reflection of all that He is and stands for. Listen to the following verses: "For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 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. [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness. To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. " 1Th 4:7 2Ti 1:9 Eph 1:4 Eph 5:27 1Pe 1:15,16 2Pe 3:11 1Th 3:13 2Corinthians 7:1

Personal holiness is a gradual and life-long work. There is no one who has not embarked on this lifestyle who didn't also encounter in it's pursuit many hindrances and obstacles. Holiness will never be attained without MUCH and I stress MUCH watchfulness in prayer and perseverance of spirit.No one had to teach us to sin. It came naturally. Yet when it comes to living holy lives we are told, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. (Titus 2:11,12.)

Holiness comes from the pursuing of and the applying to our lives, the truths of God. In the Sermon On The Mount Jesus exclaimed; "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Matthew 7:24

Holiness is something we give ourselves to. Romans 6:19 tells us, "For as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness." And then in Eph 4:24 we read, "And that ye put on (in the sense of sinking into a garment); to invest with clothing (literally or figuratively): the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

Personal holiness is also borne out heart full of worship for a Holy God and the truthfulness of His Word.
"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Give unto the LORD the glory [due] unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness." Psalm 138:2 1Ch 16:29

Not only is Holiness God's love language, but it is beautiful in His sight. We are reminded in John 4:23 "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." If you don't think spiritual purity (holiness) is a big deal to our Father then listen to the following admonition taken from in the Book of Hebrews.

"Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled; Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears." Hebrews 12:14-17

We are therefore called to live pure and holy lives with peace being the moderator of all our actions. We are warned, without holiness we can never expect to enter into fellowship with God. If we are to realize God's presence in our lives, holiness must be the main object that we strive for. We are to exercise great care and diligence which calls for a deliberate choice on our part to see to it that we do not lag behind or fall by the way-side so as not to reach the final reward.

Holiness serves as a "Spiritual Firewall" which prevents bitterness and other disruptions from finding their way into our lives through the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Was not this the case with Esau and thus whose example is being held up as being one to avoid at all cost? "Yes, Godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain", and so are we well informed.

Like Esau, a person who shuns holiness will put a wordily spin on all the promises of God and thereby suffer great loss. For a savory meal Esau threw away his birthright, a blessing God had entended to bestow on Him. 2 Peter 1:4 says, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. "

When Esau would have inherited the blessing, Gen 27:31-34, instead he lost it and in doing so found no place for repentance. Gen 25:27-30. He reached the point of no return, though he had great regretted, an even though he was moved to tears, there was no way to remedy his actions, there was no way to regain God blessing.

The words we read in 2Peter serve as a warning to us, not to yeild to worldly passions that come from our own lust. Instead we are to, as Paul exhorts Timothy, "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses." 1Timothy 6:11

Make it your aim to be holy. Let holiness be the main object and pursuit of your life for:
"The eyes of the LORD [are] upon the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their cry. The face of the LORD [is] against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. [The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirt." Psalm 34:15-18


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Whether By Life Or Death
Dan

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