by Johnathan Arnold
Few people think that living a holy life is possible. God's Word is clear that holiness is more than possible: it is required. This would be a terrible thought except that the One who called us has also made the provision! God's Word is good and life-giving on every topic, especially holiness. Here are ten verses on holiness that every Christian should be familiar with.
First, read them in their context. For example, 2 Corinthians 7:1 says "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves." What promises is Paul talking about? In Matthew 5:48, we are commanded to "Be ye therefore perfect." What does the "therefore" refer to? Links to the surrounding chapter(s) are provided.
Second, meditate on them. Consider your own heart and life. "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2).
Third, highlight them in your Bible. Highlighting these verses will make them easier to find when you are seeking God personally or discussing holiness with your family and friends. If you pay attention, you may be surprised how many times you hear these verses referenced in church!
Fourth, memorize them. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11). If memorization scares you, don't worry! It is mostly a matter of time, not ability. Commit yourself to learning at least three of these verses. Read each verse 10 times, then say each verse 10 times without looking. Review each verse in the coming days.
10 Verses on Holiness