During these difficult times we will be writing some short reflections. These will be published here and made available through the Facebook and Twitter pages.
Reflections this week by Rev David Denniston
As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ 1st Peter 1: 15-16
Being holy gets a bad press! Perhaps we have been too influenced by the negative portrayal of holiness in the likes of Robert Burns’ poem ‘Holy Wullie’s Prayer’ and so we can associate the concept of holiness with hypocrisy at worst or with a kind of false piety or dull lifestyle at best.
How far from the truth this is!
To be holy is to be set apart from the ways of the world in order to live for God. It is to live a life that gives glory to God and which follows God’s way and will.
A ‘holy life’ will be characterised by the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and so on that Paul describes in Galatians when he speaks of the Fruit of the Spirit. It is what he refers to in his letter to the Romans when he urges us to not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. It is what Jesus calls ‘life abundant’ (or ‘life in all its fulness’)!
So let us pay heed to the encouragement to us from these words in 1st Peter to ‘be holy, in all our conduct’!
Great and Glorious God,
Lord of Light and Life,
may we seek to live our lives in holiness,
open to your transforming Holy Spirit
that the fruit of all goodness and righteousness
may grow in abundance in our lives,
that we might live in love, joy and peace,
and know life in all its fulness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.