What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
“Therefore come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1
What is distinctive about the people of God is that God lives in us and among us powerfully. It may be such a basic thing that it is easily missed. It’s a basic characteristic of God’s people, but how amazingly shocking is it?! God lives among His people. As Paul wrote, we are a temple of the living God!
This relationship is the hope and blessing of my faith. I am no longer separated from God through the blood of Jesus. I am blessed to be considered a son of the Most High! I walk with Him everyday.
Because of this blessing of relationship, I ‘purify myself from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.’ It’s out of my deep awe and appreciation for God that I pursue holiness. It’s because of His promises to me that I refuse the things in life that corrupt my body & spirit – and there are many! I do not do this in my own strength, but in the strength that God provides through my relationship with Him.
Father, as I walk with You today, thank You for the strength You give me. I passionately pursue being more like Jesus because of my relationship with You. I want to honor You in the way I live this day. Thank You for this privilege… it’s by Your grace!