For His Glory

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Holy Lifestyle


And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2 Timothy 2:19b

The Truth:

1. The simple principle that all who become members of the true church should live holy lives.

2. Those who love God will avoid evil.

The Response:
1. I should live a holy life because I name the name of Christ. God will keep me and help me to be holy for Christ's name's sake.

2. I should remove myself from any unrighteousness or anything that may lead to unrighteousness and it should be reflexive to do so.

The Action (Application):
1. Make holiness a lifestyle.
Strive to make it normal, not extra ordinary, to love God, keep His
commandments, love His people, and keep the spiritual disciplines in your life. God's people should not be surprised when another Christian is living in righteousness, it should be expected.

2. Take the necessary steps to not only avoid, but to actively remove or run from a circumstance that is causing us to sin or that has the potential to cause us to sin.

In order to better understand some of the words used in this verse, here are the definitions of some key words.

1. Iniquity: (legal) injustice (properly the quality, by implication the act); moral wrongfulness (of charater, life or act): - iniquity, unjust, unrighteousness, wrong.

2. Depart: to remove, that is, (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.: - depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.

2 Comments:

  • This is helpful to me. I aim to take some various actions with some sin in my life. Our motives must be for Christ's sake, out of a desire for holiness. The alternitive is to be bound by the law, which will only condemn us, because we cannot keep it. It is vital that we pray for one another in this regard, since we have no power over our own hearts.

    By Blogger Jeremy, at 6/07/2006 10:58 AM  

  • "1. Make holiness a lifestyle.
    Strive to make it normal, not extra ordinary, to love God, keep His
    commandments, love His people, and keep the spiritual disciplines in your life.
    "

    You're right, it shouldn't seem so surprising when someone lives like this, but I submit to you that in this day and age, it's exceptional to see someone living as they should.

    -J

    By Blogger Jay Harrison, at 6/07/2006 10:46 PM  

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