May 13th A Hole In My Holiness?


Reading Proverbs 13:1-25

As we read Solomon’s Proverbs day by day, I am sure that there are some sayings that hit us right between the eyes. They express a truth so beautifully and profoundly that we ¬†just say, “Ahhh I always knew that but now I’ve words to express it”. Other times they challenge our behaviour, and remind us of what is right and wise. And occasionally, they stop us dead in our tracks, when we realise we are off track!

At their heart, the Proverbs demonstrate the character of God, they remind us who he is and what he is like. He is never a fool, never a sluggard, never a gossip, never a liar, on the contrary he is always truthful, always righteous, alway faithful. As I read today’s Proverbs I see that God is like the father in verse 24. He loves us too much to leave us wallowing around in our own shoddy ways, but seeks to discipline us, not with a rod, but with the truth of His word. Throughout the Bible God asks his children to be, “Holy as he is Holy” (Leviticus 11:44,45, Lev 19:2, and 1 Peter 1:15 are a few examples). It’s a truly unfashionable thought in 2016, to be holy, yet, there is no doubt in my mind we are called to be utterly different than the world around us in our character and the quality of our love for others. His warnings in Proverbs act as a restraint on my waywardness, show me I am deeply in need of a saviour and remind me how Holy he is. They remind me there is often a ‘hole in my holiness’.

Jesus said

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mat 5:28 NIV)

For memorisation

Proverbs 13:14

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death.”

Prayer

Father, purify my heart,
Let me be as gold and precious silver.
Purify my heart,
Let me be as gold, pure gold.

Refiner’s fire,
My heart’s one desire
Is to be… holy;
Set apart for You, Lord.
I choose to be… holy;
Set apart for You, my Master,
Ready to do Your will.

Purify my heart,
Cleanse me from within
And make me holy.
Purify my heart,
Cleanse me from my sin, deep within.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

(Refiners Fire by Brian Doerksen, 1991, Integrity Music)

 

Comments:

  • Rachel Prentice says:

    Very difficult life to live. I am so glad we have a holy God who never compromises on holiness. He deserves our trust and deep respect, after all He is completely Perfect.

  • Mary Dicker says:

    Some days ago someone said some unkind, untrue things about me. Yesterday, by chance, or divine appointment I saw this person in the distance. The last thing on my mind was to behave in A Godly way, but I called out to her, and spoke lovingly and kindly to her. We spent about 30 minutes together, most of the time I was listening and seeking to understand this troubled soul. Nothing was said about the things she had said about me, and I certainly left that meeting feeling that God had been presiding over it.
    Romans 6 v.4). The pursuit of holiness occurs daily as we yield ourselves in obedience to the Lord instead of following our old ways of self-gratification
    Lord help me remember these words and yield myself to you.



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