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By On March 21st, 2019

Holiness

Do you think that “holy” means “religious”?  Most people do. That’s where the concept of “holier-than-thou” comes from. This understanding of the word creates a lot of negativity. It makes us think of people who are falsely pious so that the use of the word has been turned into a harsh criticism of religious people. 

The real meaning of holy is “set apart.” 

And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. (Genesis 2;3)

God, in this instance, set apart a special day for us to reflect on His work and love. He set apart the Sabbath for Judaism and Sunday for Christianity, which grew out of Judaism. 

In the primary sense, only God is holy. But those who love and follow Him are holy by that relationship. In God’s view, being holy describes a positive purpose for which we’re set apart. We are set aside from almost anonymous existence amongst the World’s billions to a unique relationship with God and a unique purpose to our lives. 

If you love God, as Jesus commanded, you are uniquely prepared and called to love, serve, and be blessed by God. 

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure  Ephesians 4:1-6

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