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Pursue Holiness

Ponder: How important is it to be holy?
Scripture: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14, NKJV).
A previous devotional discussed pursuing peace. Let’s finish the exhortation by looking at the pursuit of holiness.In simplest terms, to be holy (sanctified) is to be cleansed and set apart. Sin makes us unclean, unfit for fellowship with God. When we trust in Jesus and submit to Him in baptism, our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16). Peter verifies this, writing that our souls are purified by obedience to the truth (1 Peter 1:22). This, however, does not end our pursuit of holiness.

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Pursue Edification

Ponder: How can I build you up in Christ?
Scripture: “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace, and the things by which one may edify another” (Romans 14:19, NKJV).
Just as an “edifice” is a building, to “edify” means to build up. Paul told the Christians at Rome to pursue (follow after, chase) the things by which to edify each other. Specifically what things would those be?

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Brand Marks Of Jesus

“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus”
(Gal 6:17 NAS).
Paul was constantly attacked physically by his opponents, and also many tried to discredit him as an apostle. None of this unsettled Paul. He took whatever the world threw at him “to fill up that which is lacking in Christ’s afflictions (Col. 1:24). He looked at his scares as brand-marks of Jesus.

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