Today’s Reading: Leviticus 19:1-20:21 (additional reading Psalm 42:1-11 and Proverbs 10:17)
The title for Leviticus 19 in the NLT Bible is called ‘Holiness in Personal Conduct’. I want to stay with this theme and look at what are some of the Biblical guidelines for Holiness in Personal Conduct?
- Remember to follow the basic principles, the 10 commandments. “Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” (Leviticus 19: 11).
- Realize that Holiness in Personal Conduct is to be measured by God’s standards and not man’s. “Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.” (2 Peter 3: 14)
- Let the Spirit of God help you develop a mature sense of ethics in every area of your life and relationships. Paul wrote, “Against the fruits of the Spirit there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passion and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:23-25)
- Learn to climb the ladder of spiritual maturity – Peter writes, “Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter I :5-8)
- Perfect Holiness in Personal Conduct is found only in Jesus Christ. “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” (1 Peter.. 1:15).
- Holiness in Personal Conduct starts with the motives behind every action. Samuel wrote, “I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (1 Chronicles 29: 17). Also “For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all His paths.” (Proverbs 5:21).
- Be honest, upright and speak truthfully. Jesus said, “Simply let your Yes be Yes and your No, No; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37)
- Holiness in Personal Conduct is rooted in agape love; Jesus said whatever other commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.(Romans 13:9,10)
- Practice the golden rule in all your dealings. Jesus said, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7: 12)
- Which of these nine basic principles Holiness in Personal Conduct spoke most strongly to you?
- What steps can you take to implement Holiness in your personal conduct?
- Are there any additional principles that you would like to share?
Father, Thank You that perfect Holiness in Personal Conduct is found in Jesus Christ. Thank You that You are transforming us to become like Him and live in a way which honours You and blesses those around us. Help us to live holy lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen