Today we’re taking note of the Bible’s helpful ideas about holy living.
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Tim 2:20-26 NIV)
The passage above is talking about different kinds of people who all attend the same church. Some are precious vessels of gold and silver who can withstand the fires of hardship, heartaches, or persecution. Others are vessels of wood and earth which are fragile and soon destroyed in the flames of hardship and misfortune.
The people who constantly purify themselves by “being cleansed by the washing of the water of the word” (Eph 5:26 NASB)—reading and obeying God’s Word regularly—are set apart and made holy unto God.
We’re told to run away from the lusts of the flesh. Instead, we should pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to be diligent to avoid unwise and reckless squabbles. The Spirit of God instructs us to be kind to everyone, able to teach God’s ways to others, and that we should be thankful. We are urged to treat our enemies gently by sharing God’s Word and wisdom with them, and in so doing, hope to bring them to salvation.
Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. (Tit 1:7 NIV)
The book of Titus reminds us that anyone in a place of authority should be virtuous and approachable. We should not give in to human frailties such as intoxication; physical or verbal abuse; or chasing after or being corrupted by seeking wealth.
Keep away from worthless and useless talk. It only leads people farther away from God. (2 Tim 2:16 CEV)
Avoid discussions that have no spiritual or eternal value, which can only alienate people from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
These are fairly easy to understand guidelines which are challenging to fulfill without the ongoing grace of God and our obedience to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God bless you!