Sunday, September 25, 2011

Being Marked by Holiness

The reading this morning came form Ephesians 4:1-7

There is a calling on the life of every Christian, not just pastors and officers.

The Bible says:-

We are called to belong to Jesus - Romans 1:6
We are called to be saints - Romans 1:7
We are called to be holy - 1 Peter 1:15-16
We are called to live holy lives 1 Thessalonians 4:7

What are the marks or characteristics of this calling? Just like cattle that have been branded so that people know who they belong to, we Christians should also be marked by holiness.

The characteristics of holiness are:-

1.  Humility - we are to have the mind of Christ
2.  Gentleness - like a beast that has been trained and is under control we need to let the Holy Spirit take complete control. A gentle tongue can break a bone.
3.  Patience - this is the opposite of being short tempered. We need to show patience when dealing with other people.
4.  Forbearance - we need to bear with one another in love.
5.  Unity - we need to make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit.

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