Holy, not pious,
holy, not sanctimonious,
holy, not condescending
holy, not patronising
holy, not aloof,
holy, not … (fill in the blank for yourself)
It feels self-righteous to describe ourselves as holy, but we want to describe someone else in that way.
What gifts or qualities would you see that might evoke such a response?
In Ephesians 1: 4-5 Paul writes, “Long before he laid the earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.”
Paul called himself ‘the chief of sinners’, and each of us has something we would rather others didn’t see. For us to become holy we are urged here to become all we can be and Paul is wise enough to say that we can only be changed by the love of God. We can’t do it in our own strength, we can’t earn God’s love , all we can do is submit ourselves to that love so that we might be changed.
Lord God, you have shown us the way of holiness.
Jesus came among us as living proof
that your ways are not our ways
that your thoughts are not our thoughts.
Help us to walk your way of holiness
through compassion, gentleness, forgiveness,
humility, and grace.
One step at a time.
1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.