The “Beauty” of Personal Holiness

Perhaps you haven’t thought of holiness as having beauty. More than a few Spiritually untaught believers have considered holiness as a set of “legalistic” regulations that are much too restrictive for themselves. Isn’t this a clever ploy on the part of Satan? It is one that he uses to discourage the pursuit of holiness. How could holiness be anything but beautiful? It is, after all, a working of the character qualities of Jesus into those who have received Him as their Savior and Lord. We sing (and, hopefully, pray), “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, all His wonderful passion and purity! O Thou Spirit Divine, all my nature refine, till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.” (Albert W. T. Orsborn). When we enter into a personal relationship with Him, we have lingering remnants of our old fallen Adamic nature. If ours was a true conversion, we will develop a desire to be rid of all the carnality (the things of our “flesh;” [our unredeemed human nature]). We will experience an ever increasing appetite for Spiritual and moral purity in our lives. Holiness that is motivated by trying to conform to certain standards will seem “legalistic.” Holiness that is motivated by love for and fascination with our Lord will, when driven by constant, devoted study of His Word, produce His beauty shining through our lives. This is why the inspired writer of Hebrews admonishes us to, “Follow (pursue; experience)…..holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (From Hebrews 12:14). Selah! Paul was inspired to write, “Always bearing about in the body the dying (the dying out to “self”) of the Lord Jesus, that the Life also of Jesus (His beautiful holiness) might be made manifest (be seen) in our mortal flesh” (in our humanity) (II Corinthians 4:10).  Ron

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