May Your Name be kept Holy

Continuing with, “Our Father in Heaven…Matt 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

Let me remind us of another passage we find in scripture 1 Peter 1:16   “For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” Now this passage in reality is impossible apart from Christ. We can not on our own ever achieve holiness. So how can we be holy? Well, we know that God is Holy, and if God dwells in us and is changing us into His likeness then we are made holy through Jesus. It is His righteousness, His grace, His mercy…not our own works that we can boast.

Jesus, in teaching us to pray reveals the very nature of God. Holy, yes, but also love. Yes, love. As we hear Jesus say, God is Holy…we also see the Love of Jesus displayed in every action. God’s love at work in and through the person of Jesus reveals His Holy Love. To make us Holy as He is Holy so that we might dwell in His presence. Christ’s holiness in us…may we keep His name Holy and wholly before us.

you are loved,

cj

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