Nobody is Perfect?
Perfecting Holiness – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 7:1-11
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
The apostle refers to the promises that he wrote about in chapter six. He reminded the believers of the promises of God to be their Father and they would be His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 7:18). In chapter seven, the apostle completes the thought: “Since we have these promises…let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Once again we are faced with the word “perfect.” The Bible does not hesitate to challenge us to be perfect in the ways God intended us to be perfect. Here in verse one, we are told to be about the business of perfecting holiness in our lives! Wherever we see something in our lives that falls short of what we know God would be pleased with, we are to “purify ourselves.” The Greek word Paul used was “katharizo,” which is to consecrate or dedicate something to God. In other words, when we, as Christ followers, have something pointed out by the Holy Spirit that isn’t pleasing to God, we are to give it to Him. We purify ourselves by turning to an Almighty God who can help us. God will take that which is given to Him and cleanse it. We give God ourselves—over and over—for cleansing as we perfect holiness by surrendering all ungodliness to Him.
Father, I don’t want to cling to anything that does not please you. Please make it clear and I will surrender! In Jesus’ name, amen.