A-Z Theology: An Exercise on Holiness

Throughout the entire month of March I want to take a journey up and into holiness. Why? Because those who name the name of Christ must live holy lives, and we as a Church are not doing so. We love grace and love mentioning how the blood of Christ has freed us of our chains of sin and slavery but seldom do I hear from pulpits how Christians ought to please God by our obedience to His commands.

In 5:2-3 John says this, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”

Do you see how clear a statement this is? Do you see how clear John wants to be with us? Do you want to know what the love of God is? John tells us: THIS IS THE LOVE OF GOD, THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. This statement usually causes something like “Huh?” to rise up in our hearts. But don’t throw this statement away like most do. This manner of defining God’s love is seldom emphasized in the Church today. Think about it. We sing about the love of God almost in all our songs, we rightly tell one another that God’s love is amazing, incredible, fantastic, ridiculous, we constantly point people to verses in the Bible that speak of God’s love for us, and it fills our hearts indeed. But why do we show little care for verses that define the love of God like this? So many people cling to the love of God and boast of it all day long while living in such a way that screams they don’t care for God’s commands at all! This is a contradiction!

The hard word for us here is this: if we say we love God and have a disregard for His commands in His Word we do not love Him. It’s often not that clear in someones heart though, what usually happens is that someone has zeal for one aspect of God that tends to overpower, neglect, or contradict other aspects of God. John tells us here that we cannot make so much of the love of God and so deceive ourselves into thinking that God does not demand anything of us at all. When we do this, we’re completely misunderstanding and manipulating the love of God to serve our own selfish purposes because rather than obeying what God says we want to obey what we say!

Therefore, March will be a journey into the holiness of Christian living. I hope to benefit from this, and I want you to do the same. May God give us eyes to see what holiness is – the most beautiful and pleasurable path to fullness of joy in Christ.

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