“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.” 2 Peter 1:5-9 NLT
Since Christ has redeemed us from our wicked, sinful condition, we should respond by our allegiance to Him and our desire to please Him. Let me give you an example: a woman should be faithful to her husband and desire to please him because they are married. Why marry someone you don't love and have no desire to please? A woman who loves her husband will prove her commitment by her willingness to understand him. She will seek to honor him. Jesus is our groom. We are His bride. We should seek to please Him with our words, thoughts, and deeds. We are His because He has saved us. Now that we are His, we are responsible for our personal conduct toward Him. We can't treat Him, and His precious grace, carelessly. We are His bride and we ought to strive to honor and please Him in our character and conduct. Our actions should reflect the reality of our marriage relationship. Who, in their tight mind, would think it's ok to run around on their spouse and treat them with ill repute? That would be absurd!! Why, then, do we have this idea that we can trample our Lord's great name in the mud of our own depraved conduct? May God help us!! God is holy! God is righteous! I know that we are sinful creatures, by nature. However, it is high time for believers of our time and culture to get a glimpse of His Holiness!!! Isaiah saw it in Isaiah chapter 6. When he saw the Lord, he had only one response: to see himself unclean (filthy) and his people unclean. Isaiah had an encounter with God that made him see God in His holiness. Isaiah immediately knew his own condition. How can we say we know the Great Holy One named Jesus Christ and live in mud like a pig without a conscience. I say to you, brothers and sisters, God wants moral excellence, biblical-godly knowledge, behavior under His control, patient perseverance in trials that displays His character, brotherly love that is genuine, and love toward our fellow man. It is high time for the those who have received salvation to walk under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Today, let's ask God to help us see Him in His Holiness and respond accordingly.
Rev. Curtis Norris