Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997 4:45 a.m.

As Christians we are to have a beauty of Holiness. No, I don’t mean the way people think of beauty today – the way a person looks, or the way they dress, although we ought to dress modestly. I mean a holiness within us. “…Come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness”(I Chronicles 16:29). This means a holiness in our heart. I’m talking about an inner beauty – the right attitudes, good thoughts, and godly behavior. Holiness begins in the heart. This goes along with the fruit of the Spirit. Romans 6:22 says, “Have your fruit unto holiness.” Our fruit is our inward attitudes – “love, joy, peace and humility.” Our outward attitudes – “long-suffering, gentleness and goodness.” Our personal life and behavior – “faith, meekness and temperance.” (Galatians 5:22). The central motivating factor for everything we do ought to be our relationship with Jesus Christ. We should have a desire to read His Word, to know Him, and to love him. We should ask the Holy Spirit to control our every thought, our every word, to possess our reins and fill us to overflowing with His sweetness. Amy Carmichael wrote, “If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted” (IF p. 46).

Thought for Today: May we empty ourselves of ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to fill us to the brim with His sweet eternal water the sweetness of His beauty of Holiness.

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