God is beautiful. The world often is not.
God is loving. People often are not.
God is just. The world often is not.
God is merciful. People often are not.
God is steadfast. People are like grass that withers in the sun.
God is committed. The world can’t be bothered to care.
God is compassionate. People have places to go and things to do.
God is peace. The world craves war.
God is forever. People fear tomorrow.
God is fierce. The world is easily distracted.
God is joy. People often are miserable.
God is holy. The world loves darkness.
Among the top three or fourth verses that animated the early Methodist movement, Hebrews 12:14 has to be one of the least quoted in churches today.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
I wonder why we speak of it so little?
If anything, it often seems, we argue for the opposite, like heart surgeons handing out Haagan-Dazs ice cream on the hospital ward.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
How do we speak of God’s holiness in ways that make people desire holiness for themselves?