Grace and mercy are fun attributes to study. Saying that God is graceful just feels good.
His mercies are new every morning. Good thoughts but even better theology.
We love to think about the positive characteristics of God.
He loves us.
Grace and mercy are right along side that love.
What about His faithfulness or kindness?
What about holiness? Surely this trait is no less important that any of the others?
I Peter 1:16 “For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” ” NIV
Peter is quoting Leviticus 11:44-45.
Here are those verses:
“44I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” NIV
So why does Peter quote these verses? They speak to the dietary restrictions God has originally placed on the Israelites. Does that apply to me? Today?
God is different than we are. I really didn’t even need to type that sentence. Of course He is!
And that is the point. God is holy.
In a word, holy means seperate.
God is separate from us. The impurity of sin does not come in contact with God because He is separate, or holy.
He is the ultimate vaccine!
Because God is holy, He and sin cannot abide in the same space at the same time.
When you turn on the light switch, the darkness goes away. The light is holy, separated from the dark.
Now, add in grace and mercy. Because God also has these traits, He desires a relationship with us.
His love compels Him to restore relationship with us.
His holiness (and our sin) prevents Him to be with us.
His grace provides a solution to sin.
His mercy envelops us back to Him.
They all work together.
We can holy like God (as Peter was encouraging us to do).
All because God is who He is!
Accepting Jesus into our lives is the key.
Our very life depends on it.
Take all of these traits of God and let them roll around in your mind for a while.
God might just be calling you.
God bless you.