Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
We are to cleanse our lives from all that defiles us and to become completely holy. This is done as we continually think about God. As we ‘fear God’, we continually think about Him and desire to please Him as a we would a loving Father.
What promise was Paul writing about? God said “I will dwell in them and walk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Imagine, the God of the universe dwelling in us. His Spirit is in our hearts and minds leading and guiding us moment by moment. That’s motivation to live holy.
How are my thoughts toward God? Are they continual throughout the day? Am I cleansing myself from all defilement? This will take some introspection as I reflect this week in every situation. I must consider what I watch on TV, what I eat, my speech and my very thoughts and emotions.
I praise You God, that by the indwelling Holy Spirit, You can reveal to me what I cannot know about myself. I am grateful that You keep Your promises. Help me perfect holiness.