He moved through every type of trial we face as a way to be a compassionate Intercessor or even Go-between with our colleagues in heaven (Heb.4:14-15). He knows. He understands exactly what we’re going through. He’s interceding for us each step of the way. And the Holy Spirit is the One our”Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (II Cor. 1:3) delivered to go alongside us to comfort and encourage people (John 14:26). Jesus is the Word, and he’s got a part as well. He holds our hand and like a faithful Shepherd gives us a place to rest in green pastures even in the middle of the valley of trial. Jesus’ Word is obviously there. There is a verse for every injury, every trial,”so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures holiness to God we might have hope” And as this verse continues in Romans 15:4-5,”Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the identical mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.”
That is the heart of holiness: being of the exact same mind as Jesus Christ. Agreeing in all with God is the central meaning of holiness. Thinking, speaking, and doing exactly like our perfect Father Love – that’s holiness. Along with a certain connection exists with the idea of fire – the trial of passion we go through. Songs about revival fire notwithstanding, fire doesn’t revive. Fire cleanses and purifies. Fire burns out bad habits. Fire destroys what isn’t love within us. Our goal is be exactly like our Father Love. Praise and worship is important in that travel, but it isn’t the objective. The objective is be like Love. The target is to be defined as Love as God is described.
Love is your definition of God. God is Love (I John 4:8). He tells us to become sacred as He is sacred — to be Love like He’s Love. He is eternally defined as Appreciate. Paul tells us to”imitators of God” and also to”walk in love,” abstaining from impurity”as is proper among saints” (Eph. 5:1-3). A saint is defined as a holy one. A holy one is one where the Holy One, God, dwells, but also one who allows God to work in them to make them more and more like their Father, that is Love. Love defines God, and love should define us. Since our souls and bodies, however, have not arrive in excellent agreement yet with all our souls, we want”re-fining” in order to be”de-fined” as love. We shall see shortly how those words are part of the origin of the word sacred.