peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
one who claims holiness is really holy. Those who are registered as holy in
the books of heaven are not aware of the fact, and are the last ones to boast
of their own goodness.
It is not a conclusive evidence that a man is a Christian because he manifests
spiritual ecstasy under extraordinary circumstances. Holiness is not rapture:
it is an entire surrender of the will to God; it is living by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God; it is doing the will of our heavenly Father;
it is trusting God in trial, in darkness as well as in the light; it is walking
by faith and not by sight; it is relying on God with unquestioning confidence,
and resting in His love.
No one can be omnipotent, but all can cleanse themselves from filthiness of
the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. God requires
every soul to be pure and holy. We have hereditary tendencies to wrong. This
is a part of self that no one need carry about. It is a weakness of humanity
to pet selfishness, because it is a natural trait of character. But unless
all selfishness is put away, unless self is crucified, we can never be holy
as God is holy. There is in humanity a tendency to suspicious imagining, which
circumstances quicken into lively growth. If this trait is indulged, it spoils
the character and ruins the soul.
God requires moral perfection in all. Those who have been given light and
opportunities should, as God’s stewards, aim for perfection, and never,
never lower the standard of righteousness to accommodate inherited and cultivated
tendencies to wrong. Christ took upon Him our human nature, and lived our
life, to show us that we may be like Him. . . . We ought to be holy even as
God is holy; and when we comprehend the full significance of this statement,
and set our heart to do the work of God, to be holy as He is holy, we shall
approach the standard set for each individual in Christ Jesus.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 74, 75.