For the first time in my life I heard a preacher affirm that it is possible for a Christian to live a holy life 365 days of the year! I won’t say that I was shocked (because Jesus did it) but I never believed a person could live a holy life even for a day! It’s just IMPOSSIBLE. I mean we are born in sin and live in a fallen world; how can we possibly live a pure life?
The same Spirit who inspired Peter to write these words “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15) can also do this work in us today. I believe I can live a holy life by making small steps, one hour at a time turns to one day at a time. As they say ‘sow an act and you reap a habit.’ Therefore, I need to be intentional about everything I say and do. In Acts 24:16, the apostle Paul says “I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” In his walk with God, Paul made it his aim to live a pure and holy life, ensuring he was blameless before God and man. He never wanted to offend God… And this also has become my goal lately.
I am now spending regular times in the Word to saturate my mind with the truth of God so as to discern right from wrong (Psalm 119:11). Before the Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I’m learning to stay away from complaints, worries, and be vigilant about what I watch and listen to. When dealing with men, it’s about controlling my tongue and exercising patience. The above attitudes are obviously not easy to maintain so when I know I have said or done something I wasn’t supposed to, I confess it to the Lord and/or to men right away. I don’t wait for my night prayer to confess that sin. I don’t want Satan to have reason to accuse me before my Father. I’ve wasted too much time doing the things of the world and being defeated by sin that I’ve resolved to obey God’s instruction to be holy. I love the Lord because He died to take away the sins that were weighing down on me.
1 John 3:5-6 “You know that He appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him.”