By REV. LUNA L. DINGAYAN
SECOND OF TWO PARTS
“Be compassionate as your Father in heaven is compassionate,” — Luke 6:36
This would lead us to the question, what is holiness in the first place? Essentially, to be holy means to be different, to be set apart. For instance, Israel was a holy nation because the Israelites were set apart from other peoples in the world, with a noble purpose as mentioned by Apostle Peter in his first letter, “to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light” (Ex. 19:6; I Peter 2:9-10).
Therefore, to be holy is to have a special relationship with the one who called us to be holy. This does not mean, however, that the unholy ones or those who are not set apart are evil, rather it simply means that they are not called or are not set apart or have no special relationship to God for a particular purpose. Read the rest of this entry →