During these next ten days of Lent I want to look at ten different aspects of Christ’s character. I’ve pulled these ten from scripture because they’re especially meaningful to me for one reason or another, but this is nowhere close to an exhaustive list of Jesus’ beautiful attributes.
Today we have holiness.
I think I’m going to turn around right now and pick something easier—
No, no. Holiness. We’re doing holiness.
The holiness of Jesus. (Versus the hole-iness of me.)
BibleGateway.com lists 611 instances of the word “holy” in the Bible. “Holy” means dedicated or consecrated to God; set apart for Him and His purposes. The Bible talks about the Holy Spirit, holy angels, holy prophets, and even holy ground. Anything and anyone can be holy.
I’m pretty sure unforgiveness renders me an unfit candidate for holiness, however.
If offense is the root of unforgiveness, its offshoots include bitterness, rage, wrath, vengeance, and hard-heartedness. (Again, not nearly an exhaustive list, just my personal top five.) I don’t like living with those kinds of twigs and branches and dead leaves hanging off of me. They make me like Medusa, carrying around a head full of hissing snakes instead of bearing the soft, luxurious tresses she was meant to grow.
If I recognize that I am meant to be holy—dedicated and consecrated, set apart for God and His purposes—I can’t acquiesce to living with unholy things inside of or attached to me. They have to go.
Geez. This gets harder every day.
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If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. – Romans 11:16
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