In the end, the purpose of Godly discipline is not to showcase how godly or spiritual we are, but rather, that we are truly able to abide in Him and bear many fruits. ( John 15:5 )
In other words – that we are able to live a life in and by the Spirit, which is the essence of life in the Kingdom of God.
Rom 14:17 [NIV] 17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
This means that we have to consciously identify ourselves with the Lord and hide in Him, being set apart from this world. This, in essence, is holiness.
John 17:14-19 [NIV] 14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
1 Pet 1:13-16 [NIV] 13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
This is _Part 5_ in the series Disciplined by the Father and Self-Discipline. To continue with this series, click on Pt 6. To use this as a growth tool to better understand your own calling, you might start by reading the explanation of this series, Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3 and Pt 4.
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