Be ye holy

1 Peter 1:13-16 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

The matter of lust and overcoming lust has been on my mind much recently. In the past year, I’ve talked to more men than ever before who have fallen into the of lust. We’re reminded “that the eyes of man are never satisfied”, yet lust sells us that acquisition of a certain thing will bring that satisfaction. It’s a farce, and only will drive us toward desiring more.

We quote “be ye holy, for I am holy” often. But in context, it’s talking about this matter of lust (an inordinate desire or affection, or pursuit – physical or mental – of that which God has not desired for us to have). What are we lusting after today? Might we “gird up the loins of our minds”, and “be sober”, and seek to be holy, as He is holy, in every area of our lives.

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