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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Today's Verse : 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8


April 7, 2012

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but
God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
-- 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

The call to holiness is easy to ignore in a world which lives by
much different standards. Satan gets us to compare our lifestyle
with those around us, deluding us into devaluing our sins in
comparison to others. But the issue is not comparison shopping our
sin; the issue is a thankful heart that has been cleansed by the
Holy Spirit and saved by grace. Ignoring, or toning down, the
Spirit's call for holiness is rejecting God. Let's be passionate
about holiness in our lives, both because it is what God wants and
also because it is what we should seek.

Father, forgive me for trying to water down the significance of
my sin. Use your Spirit to kindle in me a passion for holiness and
please empower me to live in a way which honors you for all that
you have done to save me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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