But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your conduct [be set apart from the world by your godly character and moral courage]; because it is written, “You shall be holy (set apart), for I am holy.” -1Peter:1:15-16 AMP
I love the word holy. Not as some unattainable goal but as a reminder that we are different because we have been born of the Spirit. Commensurate with this second birth is the idea that we have been set apart. Not as something better. But as something different. Not better rule followers. Better lovers. People filled with divine life and compassion.
In a real sense our lives are like that of Jesus himself. There was always something different about him. In mission, he was set apart. In character, he was love incarnate. In dying, he showed us forgiveness like no other. The life of Jesus explicitly shows us what it means to be holy. How could it not? He was born to show us what God is like.
Again I surrender Lord. To your will I lay down my own will. Empower holiness in me. That I might be like Jesus.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.