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by Benjamin Munsell on January 24, 2018
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But as he which hath called you is Holy, SO BE YE HOLY in all manner of conversation;  (Thayer's Definition: "conversation". Manner of life, conduct, behaviour, deportment). Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT; if there be any VIRTUE, and if there be any PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS. Philippians 4:8. This is a wonderful example of a "learning curve" and what is at the end of this learning curve. Every one of us started off as the sludge at the bottom of the septic tank. Christ found us, cleaned  us up, and gave commandment that we are to keep our eyes on Him as we learn to Follow AND Obey Him. He even finished off by giving us these impossible Commands to "Be ye Holy" and "Think on...". There's no way we can do these. And that's very True, no way WE can do these, BUT CHRIST LIVING IN US CAN DO ALL THESE COMMANDS. The question now is, today, when Christ says, "Thou shalt not..." do that thing you're wanting to do, will you listen, stop, and don't do that thing? At the beginning, it will sound like Christ is being a real wet blanket at the party with a long list of "don't". But as you learn to Obey Him, you'll start to see and understand that He's really looking out for your good and wants you to Grow in Him, to be like Him. And every Obedience you choose to do is one step closer towards Him. Just how close to His Purity, Righteousness, and Holiness do you actually want to come, is something only you can decide. He's already cleared the way for you to head for 100%. The question is not, will you make 100%, but, DO YOU HAVE THE HEART TO HEAD TOWARDS THAT 100%, and not stop until He calls you Home? Whatever you lack, when you do get Home, He will perfectly Finish the job and you WILL, Be Blessed.
 
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