What Does It Mean To Live Holy
Recently my husband and I watched a video, regarding a new album that a famous recording artist has released. This video was made by a Christian brother, who wanted to express his view, as to why Christians should not be supporting this type of music. When he shared the lyrics that are on this new album, my husband and I were totally shocked at the level of vulgarity we were hearing. It was absolutely appalling as well as disgusting.
My heart broke first, for the artist who apparently, had no moral standards whatsoever. My heart broke secondly, for our youth as well as adults, who will listen to this music and get caught up in the beat and may or may not even be listening to the offensive lyrics. And thirdly, my heart broke for our society in general, and how far we have gotten away from what it means to live holy.
God’s heart has to be broken, as He looks down and sees this kind of thing. After much thought about this, I decided maybe I should share straight from God’s word, what the Bible has to say about living holy. You see how we live matters because we are ambassadors for Christ and we should hold this assignment as something sacred.
What we watch and what we listen to matters. How we dress and how we carry ourselves matters.
This is a test that I encourage you t take. When you are partaking in something that you don’t quite feel comfortable with, ask yourself if Jesus came back right now, would I want Him to see me like this? If your answer is no, then more than likely what you are doing would not fall under the category of holy living. Let’s commit to living in a way that God would be blessed and others would be influenced for good. When we live holy it allows God’s light to shine brighter in this dark sinful world.
Below I have listed the definition of holy as well as some scriptures that encourage us to live holy.
What does the word holy mean? According to the dictionary to be holy, is to be dedicated or consecrated to God, it means sacred. A person dedicated to the service of God. Will you choose to live holy today?
1st Peter 1:15-16
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.”[a]
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2nd Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[a]
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
1st Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
2nd Corinthians 6:14-18
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”[b]
17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”[c]
“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”[d]
1st John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1st Peter 2:11
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
Romans 13:8-108 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.