Holiness: Spiritual Gardening

My grandfater (Papaw), C.O. Smith, is one of the first licensed landscape architects in the state of Texas. There are thousands of them currently in the state, but he was #24. No one knows gardening like Papaw. Unfortunately, this passion for horticulture has not fully captured me.

What does it take for someone to be a good gardener? Veterans like Papaw would give you a simple answer: a good gardener has to love flowers and hate weeds. Not either/or but both/and. To have a garden that is set apart, you must love the good and hate the bad.

A simple definition of holiness is: loving the things God loves and hating the things God hates. So, to grow a spiritual garden of holiness it requires us to both love the things God loves and hate the things God hates.

Holiness is more than just the passionate pursuit of the things that are beautiful and good and right because they are consistent with the character of God. Holiness includes the passionate rejection of the things that are ugly and bad and wrong in the sight of the Lord. Put simply, holiness includes the pursuit of righteousness and the rejection of sin.

Most believers are either good at loving the things God loves or hating the things God hates. Which one are you stronger in? For me, I am great at loving the things God loves, but I often struggle to hate the things He hates. What about you?

 

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