Posted by: missionventureministries | April 26, 2010

To Be Like Him

“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Scripture admonishes us as Christians to be like our Lord and Savior in “all manner of conversation,” or all manner of life. We are His earthly witnesses, and we must so order our lives that we are an adequate reflection of Him.

We are to be like Him in the purity of our lives. As our text points out, “Be holy; because I am holy.” “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3:3). “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14).

Our daily walk and lives should be patterned after Him. “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6). “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another” (1 John 1:7).

Furthermore, we are to be like Him in love. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God . . . for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). We are to be willing to suffer unjustly without revenge, “because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” (1 Peter 2:21-22).

Being like Him involves a life of service, as well. “If I then, your Lord and Master, has washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15).

Christ has forgiven each of us many times, even though our sins grieve Him deeply. He stands ready to forgive and restore fellowship, and so should we. With His help, we can emulate Him, even when we are wronged. “Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

JDM – Institute for Creation Research

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