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Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy

Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy. (Leviticus 19:2)


Have you ever heard of lenticular images? They are 3D images that are used on trading cards or posters. Lenticular images transform as you walk past them and see them from different angles. You can tilt them back and forth and watch the images change.

If you read Leviticus 19 carefully, youíll discover a ďlenticular imageĒ of sorts as well. At the beginning, you see a list of ďthou shalt notsĒ that God was giving the people of Israel. But if you read to the end, youíll notice the language shifting to ďlove your neighbor as yourself.Ē Do you see it? From one angle, godliness is a list of rules, but from the other, itís self-emptying love.

God wants to transform our understanding of what holiness is, just as this reading gives two complementary images of it. The best way for us to experience this change is to encounter his love. Yes, God is the model of holiness: pure, powerful, majestic, perfect. Yet underpinning all of these attributes is the deepest, most selfless love you can imagine. From the moment of creation to the giving of his only Son to right now, Godís relationship with us is one of pouring himself out, holding nothing back.

While we may initially think of holiness as following a set of commandments, something much bigger happens as we encounter Godís love. We start to be changed from the inside out. Youíve probably seen it in your own life. When you experience Godís mercy, your heart becomes more tender toward people around you. When you spend time in prayer, you become more patient and gentle. Donít be discouraged if you arenít always perfectly loving. Growing in holiness is about letting Godís love shape you over time, just as the lenticular image gradually shifts.

Today, let Godís love shape your relationships. Invite him into your marriage, your relationship with your co-workers or your boss or your neighbors. Ask him to show you one way that you can love these people better today. As you go about your day, pray this simple prayer: ďLord, use me.Ē Then watch how he nudges you, here and there, little by little, to give more of yourself to the people around you. Thatís how he makes you holy!



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