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Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

In this contentious and ever argumentative world, it’s difficult to seek peace in every situation.  But the key here is found in a verse in Hebrews 12:14, ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and be holy.”  Being holy means we live in a spiritual atmosphere where grace and mercy abounds despite the hostile environment around us.  It’s where we  consider others before ourselves and strive to be a peacemaker not a rabble-rouser.

Galatians 5:25 ” Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Our Christian journey isn’t perfect, for everyday we mess up.  We say things we shouldn’t…or out of anger and frustration we act unkindly.  Holiness isn’t something that we’re suddenly bestowed with when we say “Yes” to Jesus…it’s a process…a daily effort towards perfection.  Philippians 1:6 tells us, “That being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  This journey towards holiness –  towards perfection,  is God’s purpose for you.  And as you walk in the Spirit, you’ll discover that His ultimate plan and purpose for you is that process towards holiness.

Isaiah 35:8 ” And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.”

So what exactly is “the Way” and holiness mean to you?  Is it being committed to the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind?  Is it a way of life that exemplifies Godly actions and behaviors?  The Way is a Highway…a road less traveled by most, but a life-long journey for the upright.

Hebrews 12:14 ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Holiness or sanctification is the process of making something holy.  After all, holiness is necessary for salvation.  We hear the Gospel,  and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and our belief in the truth of God’s Word, we are saved and reconciled to the Lord.  The very personal journey to holiness is an ever upward spiral of becoming more like Jesus and less like you.

Hebrews 12:14 ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

We are to live in harmony with all.  Not with just those we like…not with those who only believe as we do.  No,  we are to live in peaceful co-existence with everyone.  Jesus came preaching the Gospel of Peace, not that of  elitism, isolation, or hatred.  It’s a tough road though to love your neighbor as yourself…for many around us are unlovable.  That’s why the second part of this verse is so important.  We may not be able to change the unlovable around us, but we can change ourselves and how we interact with them.  Sanctification or holiness is the ongoing process of becoming more like Christ Jesus everyday…of looking at all people  – even the unlovable-  through His eyes. 

I Peter 1:15 ” Just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘ Be holy because I am holy’ “

For many of us, when we read this verse, we see the almost impossible task of holiness. Well aware of God’s call to live a holy life, our path deviates far from His desire for us. But if the Holy Spirit is residing within, all is not lost to feelings of guilt and shame, for with the call also comes the ability to live that holy life. It happens by allowing the Holy Spirit to rule and reign within and not our flesh. Holiness is a way of life…an attitude and focus, not an unreachable goal.

Isaiah 35:8 ” And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.”

A prophet’s lifestyle must be that of holiness – a life of prayer, obedience, and integrity. In leading this life of consecration, they can then proclaim the message of holiness, that we may follow. Sanctification… it’s not a word you hear batted around much in this modern-day world…but it’s something essential in the process of making us holy. By allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, our actions and behaviors will be consecrated unto God. To be sanctified is to be set apart by the Lord…it’s not a one time happening, but rather a life-long journey down the highway called holiness.