WHAT IS HOLINESS?
Holiness – Webster’s’ dictionary
HO’LINESS, n. from holy. The state of being holy; purity or integrity of moral character; freedom from sin; sanctity.
Applied to the Supreme Being, holiness denotes perfect purity or integrity of moral character, one of his essential attributes.
Applied to human beings, holiness is purity of heart or dispositions; sanctified affections; piety; moral goodness, but not perfect.
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24
There is scarcely a crime which man commits, or a sin of which he is guilty, which does not originate in selfishness.
From the above definitions we can gather that HOLINESS is –
1. PERFECT LOVE
Can you say that you are demonstrating perfect love to your wife/husband? The way you handle your spouse is that the demonstration of perfect love?
Can your children hug and embrace you? Can they see you as father/mother and friend? Are you a lamb in the church and a lion in the house always roaring on the members of the family; is that demonstration of perfect love?
2. BEING LIKE CHRIST
I want you to help me to be the judge for some minutes and judge these cases.
Please help me to judge these cases.
Now, let us reason together, there is no HOLINESS without LOVE.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?