Jerry Bridges gives us some good words on holiness in his book the Pursuit of Holiness. Bridges asks,
If holiness is so basic to the Christian life, why do we not experience it more in daily living? Why do so many Christians feel constantly defeated in their struggle with sin? Why does the church of Jesus Christ so often seem to more conformed to the world around it than to God?
Ouch. But sadly that does sound like me so often. I know I'm not on an island though because this is a struggle with so many of us as followers of Christ. Why are we so often conforming to the world and therefore being defeated? Bridges continues:
Our first problem is that our attitude toward sin is more self-centered than God-centered. We're more concerned about our own "victory" over sin than we are about the fact that our sins grieve God's heart. We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success-oriented, not because we know it's offensive to God...God wants us to walk in obedience - not victory. Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self.
Will you begin to look at sin as an offense against a holy God, instead of as a personal defeat only?
Grace upon grace,