What does it mean to be "holy?"
This week’s sermon was jam-packed with Scripture and wisdom on pursuing purity and holiness while we live in this world. The bottom line:
When you say "yes" to Jesus and surrender to Him, you are no longer living for yourself.
“He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV)
You are called to deny your flesh. You have to be able to say “no” to sin. Not because of strict rules or threat of punishment, but because you were bought with a price.
This doesn’t mean we will make the right choice every time. We are, after all, human. So what do we do when we fall into sin? Pastor Eli asked each of us to truly reflect- “How do you respond when you fall short of holiness?”
Do you beat yourself up? Do you blame others? Do you let your mistakes control you? Do you compare your sin to another person’s sin to make you feel better (or worse)?
The Bible shows us two types of reactions to sin, two types of sorrows: Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow.
“For godly sorrow produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly sorrow produces death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV)
Following Jesus does not mean that you will never sin. But it means that when you do, you will run to God, receive forgiveness, and change course.
“A Christian doesn’t win every battle, but a Christian never stops fighting.” ~ Pastor Eli Nelson
To make this very practical, there are two keys to walking in purity on earth:
- Confess your sin to God.
- Confess your sin to one another.
There is so much power in bringing sin into the light. Surrendering to the Lord brings forgiveness and healing. And sharing it with a trusted brother or sister in Christ allows you to walk in the freedom God has for you while also being supported in the journey of living a life of holiness.
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