Story of the day:  Holiness

What comes to your mind when you think of the word holiness?  According to David Roper,

For some folks, the word holiness conjures up images of stuffy prudes–people who are “good” in the worst sense of the word, with sullen and morose faces.  They are full of self-righteousness and rigid duty, “on hold for the next life,” as a Washington Post writer put it.

Most people long for truth and goodness.  Yet that desire can be frustrated by what they see in some Christians, whom they perceive as self-righteous and judgmental.  To unbelievers, such “virtue” is far less interesting than vice, with the result that they cling to their voices even though they may hate them.  Joy Davidman, the wife of C. S. Lewis, said, “One sanctimonious hypocrite makes a hundred unbelievers.”

Quote of the day:  C. S. Lewis

” If only 10% of the world’s population had [holiness], would not the whole world be converted and happy before year’s end?  We can have it!  As we yield our lives to God’s Spirit within, we can live lives of uncommon beauty before a watching world.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 2:12

“having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are so Holy.  There is nothing on this great earth that I can do to be as Holy as You are, yet each and every day, my heart is saturated by Your Love, which keeps me wanting to love, share, and forgive, as You do.  Each and every day my desire is to be loving and gracious as You are.  Father I don’t ever want to come across as a judgmentally or self-righteous person, but rather as one with great compassion and love for others.  I am so sad that some have negatively conjured the word holy to mean something that it isn’t.  I pray for a continued fire to burn in me daily to spark a love that can be shared with those I meet.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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