"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God," (II Corinthians 7:1).
* Personal holiness is perfected in the fear of the Lord. As our sensitivity to God's holy presence pervades more and more of our daily activities, our attitudes and actions become purer.
For, when our concept of God's holiness is heightened, our standard of personal holiness is also raised.
* To walk in ever-maturing holiness, we must practice continual inner cleansing. When we sin, our fellowship with Christ is broken, and our conscience is defiled. Consequently, we must learn to be washed with the water of the Word, and apply the cleansing blood of our Lord Jesus.
* To fear God is to reverence His holy presence throughout our daily activities. The more we can sense His pure eyes upon us amid everything we do and say, the greater our desire for personal holiness.
Oh that we would walk in a manner worthy of our calling!