Why Pursue Holiness?
originally written 28 Nov 07
posted 31 Oct 15
photograph by: Shirley/Thruxton/Nov 2007

Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Absolutely NOTHING.
So why bother with pursuing holiness?

My soul is secure…yes…but what about my quality of life?

Following the Lord and obeying His commands has many benefits and benefits many~~

~~God:

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:14-16

~~myself:

Obedience is always rewarded…scripture is full of examples

~~my friends, family and everyone else I pray for:

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16



This morning I am deeply grateful that God does not expect perfection of me.  
That even when I mess up royally, He will never abandon me. 
My heart hurts when I feel like I've disappointed anyone,
especially the One who has given so much to and for me,
but it is a comfort to know that I can never be separated from the love of my Father in Heaven.

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I must confess that I have once again fallen into a pattern of old sin.
I've not been praying as much as I need to be. I've been using old habits to soothe myself during this stressful time. Looking at myself through my own eyes, I am surprised to find myself loved in spite of my failures. Looking at myself through God's eyes, I see someone who still has broken parts but is not beyond hope. :)

As I continue to struggle to obey the two things I know He wants from me
(set aside the sweets and the sodas), the anxiety evaporates that had descended upon me when I feared losing His love. 
This morning's lightbulb moment comforts me.


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