Today I’ll share the last of the quotes from Chapter 9 (“Putting Sin to Death”) of Jerry Bridges’s book The Pursuit of Holiness. These quotes related to Bridges’s insistence that commitment is a necessary ingredient in the process of putting sin to death.
The Apostle John said, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin” (1 John 2:1). The whole purpose of John’s letter, he says, is that we not sin. One day as I was studying this chapter I realized that my personal life’s objective regarding holiness was less than that of John’s. He was saying, in effect, “Make it your aim not to sin.” As I thought about this, I realized that deep within my heart my real aim was not to sin very much. I found it difficult to say, “Yes, Lord, from here on I will make it my aim not to sin.” I realized God was caling me that day to a deeper level of commitment to holiness than I had previously been willing to make. (p.93)
Are we willing to commit ourselves to the practice of holiness without exceptions? There is no point in praying for victory over temptation if we are not willing to make a commitment to say no to it. (p.93)
We see here that Bridges is forcing us to consider how seriously we take the command to be holy. Are we content to “cut down” on the sin in our lives, or are we willing to do whatever it takes to throw it away?
How has God used the Scriptures to impress the need for holiness on you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
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