- 1 Peter 1:13-16
- 1 John 3:2
- Leviticus 19:1-19
- Numbers 2o:2-12
- Ezekiel 36
- Matthew 5:3-12
- Hebrews 4:14-16
God is holy (set apart).
Peter’s call for believers to be holy is congruent with his call to have hope and to worship; it isn’t meant to be a burden. The command is tied to the character of God and is about our identity. Ultimately the command to be holy is an invitation to behold and marvel at God.
God calls us live in such as way that shows He is holy and for us to be distinct and show that we worship God alone. God’s holiness is displayed in all things.
Are we showing God as holy in our lives? Do we confess/worship anything else as a savior (coffee, alcohol, weekend, raise, work, family, etc), committing idolatry, and failing to show God as holy?
God is concerned about your holiness and happiness; that is one concern, not two. God’s blessing is not broccoli. His blessings will result in our happiness and come from His holiness.
Do not see being holy as giving up pleasures for “should” and “ought to”. Instead see it as giving up lesser pleasures for the greatest pleasure.