If you’re anything like me, at some point you’ve wondered how to reconcile holiness and grace. It seems that teachers who focus on grace seldom teach on holiness, while many who talk about holiness are merely propagating moralism and using fear tactics to herd people into rigid, boring lives.
We all know that grace is amazing (it’s why we love talking about it). Grace is the cornerstone of our salvation and the promise of our future. Through grace and faith in the sacrifice of our Savior, we have received a righteousness that could not be earned by a million years of “good behavior.”
For good reason, we love discussing the wonders of grace; but sadly, for many the call to holiness isn’t as exciting. In fact, holiness has become taboo, and in some circles any charge to righteous living is perceived as the antithesis of the free life that we have in Christ. Yet the Scriptures—both Old and New Testament—abound with teachings on holiness.
Obviously holiness is important to God. But what is holiness? How does it differ from the righteousness we freely receive with salvation? Why is it important? And how, practically speaking, do we live holy lives?
If you’ve ever pondered any of these questions, I encourage you to listen to the message below. After you do, I would love it if you would take the time to share your understanding of holiness and what it means for your life.