The Path of Holiness

But just as he who called you holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15:1

Have you ever made choices in your life you knew were not in your best interest but you did them anyway? Or felt a tugging or pulling on your heart and you did not know why? Maybe just maybe that indecisiveness  and pulling on your heart strings was a prompting from God to change your heart and to be like God-Holy.

But what does being “holy” mean?

Holy is defined as set apart; unique; different; dedicated to God. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 says: For God did not call us to be impure, but live a holy life. For years there have been many misconceptions of what living holy looks like in the eyes of people. Holiness became more about lists of ‘do’s” and “don’ts. DO read the bible, DO go to church and DO pray. Over time the “don’ts” became what people remembered about the list. Men could not wear shorts; jewelry or have long hair, and women could not wear makeup, jewelry or cut their hair.

Our God is a holy God. He is faithful and just. He cannot lie and he is capable of no wrong doing. He is perfect. So how does a perfectly holy God command a sinner as me to me holy? It started with a transformation of my heart and led me to a right relationship with my Heavenly Father. It is because of the blood of Jesus Christ who died for me that I am given the power to be holy through the Holy Spirit.

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What an amazing gift to be given- the Holy Spirit. It’s like having a direct connect to the heavens. Jesus knew his time on Earth was limited and he knew what needed to be done. As he hung on the cross his thoughts were not about his pain and suffering but his people. I won’t be here to walk with you along life’s journey but I’m leaving you someone in my place-a helper.

I am not a perfect person. And by no means do I think of myself as holy. I stumble and fall every day. I make mistakes but with God’s grace and mercy I learn from those mistakes and do my best not to repeat them. Every day there are struggles and temptations that pull me in the opposite direction. My relationship with God keeps me on the path of holiness. It is a path I cannot walk alone. –Tonya




Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.


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