Home
Saint Mary Magdalene

Strength, Comfort & Prayer

i-church.ca

Holiness

"Holiness consists of doing the will of God with a smile." - Mother Teresa

Jesus said: "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
[Matthew 5:48]


Is this something that I can do? Something that I can be? Yes, of course! Of course, God want us to be holy, he calls us to be holy. WE ARE ALL CALLED TO BE HOLY.

"Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy." [Leviticus 19:2]

"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]


Mother Teresa sums it up thus: "Holiness consists of doing the will of God with a smile."

When we do what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD our God, we are doing the will of God. This is holiness.

God helps us every step of the way and tells us what is good:

"It is God who arms us with strength and makes our way perfect." [Psalm 18:32 and 2 Samuel 22:33]

O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. [Micah 6:8]


When we choose to follow God's direction, we can tap into God's resources:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. [Proverbs 3:5-6]


We are Called to Love & Serve

The entire law is summed up in a single command:

"Love your neighbour as yourself".

I give you a new
commandment, that you
love one another.
Just as I have loved you,
you also should
love one another. [John 13:34]


Each should use whatever gift he or she has received to serve others.

"Offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness". [Romans 6:13]

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Now we return to Blessed Mother Teresa - she is an phenomenal example of a child of God who put holiness into practice; she offered herself and hers gifts from God as instruments of righteousness.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. In her acceptance speech she said: "I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive [the Nobel] in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."

We may not be called by God to be yet another Mother Teresa, but we called to be holy. We are called to love and to serve. We can put holiness into practice in all that we do and thus make a difference.

God wants us to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk with God. We practice holiness with the right thoughts, the right attitudes and the right actions.

The Right Attitudes & Actions

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters,
to respect those who work hard among you,
who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.
Live in peace with each other.
And we urge you, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid,
help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,
but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
Be joyful always;
pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt.
Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him.
The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you,
for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
Lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

All of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic,
love as brothers and sisters, be compassionate and humble.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing,
because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.
"Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience,
so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. [1 Peter 3:8-22]

Jesus taught:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. [Matthew 5:3-11]


God blesses people who seek God's righteousness, who show mercy; the peacemakers, the pure in heart; and those who know that they need God.

God gives us the gifts he knows we need:

"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues [or languages], and to still another the interpretation of tongues [or languages]. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. [1 Corinthians 12:4-11]

Useful Rules for Holy Living

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:
sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these:
anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,
but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom,
and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
[Colossians 3:1-15]

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. [James 1:5]


Study Scripture "The Word". The bible is filled with Words of love and acceptance, instructions in parables telling me how I ought to be living my life, instructions to love, to accept; not to judge others and, above all, to love God, our Abba, with all my heart. God cares about us, where we are going.

We are to "Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts." [Amos 5:15]. Sometimes real life is not a pretty sight. We are all faced difficulties, challenging situations and times. No one is immune, Christian or not. However, God instructs, helps and guides us on how we are to respond to injustice, prejudice, loneliness, sickness, suffering, death, and temptation that surround us and inflict others. We can learn from scripture and others who know God how we should act and advise.

Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

"Dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit." And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Jesus said: "You are the light of the world... In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. [Hebrews 6:10]





Relationship with God
Next: Ralationship with God

Next: Relationship with God
Back to Halifax Wedding Chapel
Back to Church of Saint Mary Magdalene


Home

Character

Holiness

Relationship with God

Intimacy in Marriage

Strength and Prayer

Touching Lives

Live Life & Love



"To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
[Jude 1-2]