“Who is like you – majestic in holiness” Exodus 15.11
We give holiness a very bad name! We tend to think of it in terms of what we should not do or things we ought to give up. Evidently the Bible describes holiness quite differently – holiness is something majestic.
This only makes sense if we regard holiness in terms of something we gain rather than lose. 1 Peter 1.16 tells us to be holy because God is holy, so surely we can expect to reflect something of that majestic holiness – which has to be more than us looking downcast because of the harsh demands we might feel God puts upon us! Holiness is about the presence of God within us. This is the only way that we are going to be like him; not by trying to act like him but by living with the reality of his presence within us.
The Bible commands us to be holy – not to act in a holy way – and this begins with us taking seriously the truth that the presence of our glorious God dwells within us. Whatever you feel, the majestic presence of God is with you wherever you go.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission