1 Peter 1:22, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto the unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.”

The church has often misinterpreted true holiness. Holiness is keeping ourselves pure—heart, mind and thoughts. If our hearts and thoughts are pure, our actions will also be pure.

Holiness is misrepresented when we think that wearing certain religious garments or certain forms of dress will make us holy. Similarly, we are not made holy by having a bachelor’s degree in theology or earning a religious title such as reverend, pastor or priest. Many churches have made behavior and laws relating to dress codes, diets, tithes, celebrating or not celebrating traditional Sabbaths or holy days. None of these things are the essential holiness God is calling for, although some of these things may appear to the natural mind as an outward form of holiness.

Some think that holiness is a sober face, taking a “silent order” or fasting etc. But, we can do all these things and not be inwardly holy. True holiness is purity of heart and mind, by faith claiming the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus (Revelation 12:11), putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18), and being obedient o the truth (1 Peter 1:22).

Be encouraged. Colin
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