1 Thessalonians 4:7-8
For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who also gives his holy Spirit to you.
Sometimes we get hung-up on the word “holiness.” It can bring to mind a very pious, stiff, and arrogant image. Jesus was definitely not that way! He is quoted as saying that He was criticized for enjoying food and drink (“The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’” Matthew 11:19). Jesus was the guy who turned the water into wine! He was definitely a joy to be with…not some holier-than-thou bore. So when we think of the word “holiness”…it might be helpful to think instead of “wholeness.” When you are in the flow of God’s goodness and are being present to this Goodness and to others…and when you are being a channel of that goodness and love…you are becoming whole and holy. What are the things you are involved in that really aren’t helping you be the fullness of your unique self? If you take a few moments and sit with this question…an inner voice (the Holy Spirit) will help you in the most loving way. God does not want to accuse you or make you miserable…but uplift you and give you joy and peace.
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