Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Col 3:12-15 NIV)
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:15-18 NIV)
God has called His people to live holy lives, lives which manifest His character, especially in our relationships with one another. But whenever we try to do that, we seem to fail. So does God call us to something that He knows we can’t do? Oh no. God calls us to something for which He supplies the energy, the motivation, the life, the love. The Comforter has come – and through him Jesus himself has come (John 14:15-21)! Holiness is nothing other than the work of the Holy Spirit as He reveals in us the character of the Living God: the character of love when we are not loved in return; the character of purity in a world which is increasingly deceptive and immoral; the character of self-forgetfulness in a world that says, “Take care of yourself, baby, for you’re all you’ve got. If you don’t protect yourself, you’ve lost everything.” But Jesus says, “Whoever saves his life will lose it. But whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:39).
Called to holiness and empowered in holiness by the Holy Spirit coming upon our lives. God grant it.