THE 6th OF APRIL
TO BE HOLY IN ALL WE DO WE HAVE TO CONTROL OUR LUSTS
As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16
Our heavenly Father loves us and asks us to obey Him for our sake. The Lord wants what is best for us even more than we do. He knows what the perfect good is for each of us, in order to fulfill the plan He has for our lives. In order to live the full and blessed life that the Lord has prepared for us, we can no longer do what we used to before Jesus was our Lord and now we need to live as His “obedient children.”
We are called to be holy in all our behavior, not just in some areas. Sadly for many, this verse only applies to the time while they are sitting in the church and maybe not even then, because their minds continue to think sinfully. Jesus is holy and we must become like Him in everything we think, say, feel and do.
Sanctification is a long lasting process, because it takes us much time and effort to reprogram our minds to think according to the pattern of the Word of God. Replacing bad attitudes and wrong ways of addressing situations, requires time, much desire, and it is only possible with the help of the Holy Spirit. The more time we spend in fellowship with the Lord as we study the Bible, pray, praise and worship Him, the more we will imitate the character of God and become more holy. And when we sin, we need to promptly and sincerely repent doing our best not to repeat it again. The Holy Spirit is always ready to help us to do better, when we ask Him to.
Dear Lord, I want so much to become what You want me to be! Please help me to change, so that holiness can characterize me in everything I think, feel, say, and do. Please help me not to allow my mind to think about the lusts I had once when I did not know You. I want to obey You in all things and desire only what You want me to desire, so I can be Your loving and obedient child. I know Your will is best for me, no matter what. Thank You Lord, Amen