For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,
1 Thesalonians 1:4
Akatharsia is a Greek word used in Galatians 5 which means either physical uncleanness and moral uncleanness. Romans 12: 2 says do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Despite the increasing number of Christians, crimes, violence, fornication and adultery is still increasing.
Who among you can say that he/she is holy? Have you never ever committed any acts of sexual impurity? Have you not committed adultery or watch pornography? Have you not engaged in premarital sex? No matter how we guard ourselves, there are times that we succumb to temptations because of our weaknesses. Those times we stumble and feel unrighteous in the eyes of God. You may not answer yes to the previous examples I have cited but if you look at a woman with lust, you have already committed adultery in your heart. Girls, we are not excused! Same thing applies when we read erotic romance and fantasize about the hero or when we shout at the top of our lungs whenever we see washboard abdomens of our favorite actors.
How can we be holy then? Can we be holy despite what we have done in the past? What does it mean to be holy?
Holiness is being set apart to God from sin. God has set us apart from holiness. When we are abiding in His holiness, we become worn out. The sinful thoughts and habits that separate us from God must be discarded in the trash bin of life.
As believers, we need to be living by God’s standards and not of this world. How can we be holy? Holiness is a product of a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior. It is not something that we do but something that God does.
For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. Now we are free from the power of sin. The old is gone. All our sins were washed away. And we are becoming more holy each and every day by the grace of God and His power