Spirituality

Published on January 4th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Love and Holiness

By Dr. Jed Snyder

We have just entered a new year.  What do we anticipate in 2016? I expect we may have very differing ideas especially when we consider specific issues. Some will expect a promotion at work or perhaps a whole new job.  Some will expect to publish their first book.  Some will expect their first child or grandchild. Each has hopes and plans for the year.

More generally we will do well to consider the need for both holiness and love. Francis Schaeffer, the well-known Christian author is quoted as having said, “The Christian has a double task.  He has to practice both God’s holiness and God’s love…not his holiness without His love: that is only harshness.  Not His love without His holiness: that is only compromise.”

Holiness is God-likeness.  God is love but he is also just.  God is kind but in his dealing with stubborn sin he is firm, perhaps severe is a good word. In all he is holy.   …but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16

Love is the desire for and active pursuit of that which is in the best interest of the person who is loved.  Knowing what is seek for the other person in general is rather easy.  Details may be limited but one can pray for peace and fulfillment, for patience and yet decisiveness. There are many ways of looking for the good for the other person.  God is love. He is always seeking our best. Obvious, but also profound, behavior is urged in the following verse about loving actions.   Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

So may be happily be holy and loving like God.

 

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