Saturday, July 30, 2011

What is Holiness?

"Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgement, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His word...

"A holy man will shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment. He will have a decided bent of mind towards God, a desire to do His will, a greater fear of displeasing Him than of displeasing the world, and a great love to all His ways.

"A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus...

"A holy man will follow after meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, kind tempers, government of his tongue. He will bear much, overlook much and be slow to talk of standing on his rights..."

J.C. Ryle, Holiness, pgs. 34, 35

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