January 3 Holy in Behavior

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:14–16

Key verse: Leviticus 11:44

I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy.

God commanded Israel to be holy because He is holy. He also admonished them to remain clean spiritually by not becoming involved in any impurity—greed, lust, idolatry, or wrongful attitudes. In other words, they had to abstain from compromising the sincerity of their faith, love, and devotion to the Lord.

Why was doing that so important, and is this commandment relative to us today? God gave Israel this instruction because He loved them and wanted them to experience the goodness of His blessing. God cannot bless disobedience.

Satan has one goal in mind for the lost man: keep him spiritually lost and estranged from God. The enemy’s goal for the believer is to discourage him and cause him to compromise his faith by yielding to temptation.

The enemy accomplishes this by tempting us to sin and then by accusing us before the Father. When we yield to temptation, we stifle the flow of God’s grace in our lives, and our spiritual insight becomes fuzzier.

There is only one way to live, and that is in purity and devotion to Christ. The apostle Peter wrote, “As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also, be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:14–15).

Heavenly Father, keep me from temptation. Don’t let me stifle the flow of Your grace in my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 4). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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