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Living a Holy Life

God says to "Be holy because I am holy." The apostle Peter quoted this from the Old Testament, Leviticus 11:44.

In thinking about this command; taking in the full scope of it, I see that it is no easy task. It isn't something that comes naturally to someone who has lived many years before meeting Jesus. Even those who were saved at a young age have trouble maintaining this quality of living.

What does "me being holy" look like? In the book of Colossians (in the Bible) Paul gave some rules for holy living. He says that since I have been raised with Christ, my daily life should reflect that. I must:
Paul lists things that believers should get rid of - things that are not part of a holy life.
All of these habits "these sins" were put to death when I accepted Jesus' sacrifice for my salvation. They are not part of my eternal life even though I sometimes forget and fall back into old habits. Paul says I am to act like the Christian saved by grace, that I am.
Living a holy life can seem like a tough job. I can see that dedicating everything I do to God will change every part of my life. It will change who I am. Fortunately, since I belong to Christ, I am renewed and am being constantly renewed in Him. As I yield to Christ's love for me, my life is evolving into the life that God wants for me. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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