But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
Holiness is a bible command that appears both in the Old and New Testaments. The Lord God our father is holy and commands us to be holy.
To be holy is to walk in righteousness, loving the things that God loves and hating the things he hates. The major call of every Christian is to mirror Christ to others, so as to draw men to God. As Christians, we are God`s light in the world and the only God some of our unsaved neighbors will ever see is the one we reflect. God wants us to win souls by our quiet and holy lives.
In order to reach the world, we must be holy. We need to live holy lives that seek to do all that God has commanded. Even when you think no one is watching, you must be holy as the bible says, “for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” (1 Pet 3:12)
Being holy means, different from the world. To be holy is to be godlike. This would also mean that you have a higher standard than the world. As a holy person, you must be subject to authority, that is both God`s authority, higher authorities in the Church and the laws of the land as the bible clearly states that authorities that be, are ordained of God and whosoever resists them, “.. .resisteth the ordinance of God” (Rom 13:1-2)
Holiness means keeping your conversation pure. Avoiding and abstaining from careless talk, obscenity, impurity, gossip, wicked insinuations, malice and backbiting. A goodyardstick for your conversations is to ask yourself, “Will Christ say this?” Holiness is
staying away from sexual immorality. This for many of us means staying away from the TV. A regular TV viewer would have problems maintaining a holy walk with God.
TV today, is full of sexual immorality, obscenity and foolish talk. Apart from being a waste of time, it is also a major avenue through which the enemy brings impurity into our lives and influences our children.
When choosing your conversation or a TV program to watch (if you have to), let the following scripture be your standard. If the program or conversation meets the requirements, then by all means carry on.
Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)