Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgment - hating what He hates - loving what He loves - and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word. He who most entirely agrees with God, he is the most holy man.
Holiness is a most beautiful and lovely thing. We drink in strange notions of holiness from our childhood, as if it were a melancholy, morose, sour and unpleasant thing; but there is nothing in it but what is sweet and ravishingly lovely."
Man's holiness is now his greatest happiness, and in heaven, man's greatest happiness will be his perfect holiness.
C. H. Spurgeon:Sin tastes sweet but turns bitter in our stomachs. Holiness often tastes bitter but turns sweet in our stomachs.
Those who tolerate sin in what they think to be little things, will soon indulge it in greater matters.F. F. Bruce:
Christian holiness is not a matter of painstaking conformity to the individual precepts of an external law code; it is rather a question of the Holy Spirit's producing His fruit in the life, reproducing those graces which were seen in perfection in the life of Christ.Though we often have this skewed idea of a kind of down-in-the-mouth way of living when we think of holiness, a dull keep-all-the-rules existence, that is not what holiness is about at all. When we live holy lives, we are being imitators of Christ. His Spirit is producing the fruit of Christ likeness in us.
So when you think of holiness, think "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). This is the fruitful life of Christ in us. This is holiness!
And when you blow it - get angry instead of exhibiting patience, for instance - God's Word instructs the believer to confess that sin and be cleansed (1 John 1:9). Remember that confessing your sin of anger before your kind and faithful Heavenly Father is also an act of holiness, since "measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word", is part of what it means to be holy. And the promise is that He will "wash your feet", He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
And, by the way...a foot bath - I mean, a real foot bath - you know, when someone else cleanses and massages your feet...would you not agree that it is a most refreshing and delightful thing? This is what we find when we confess our sin. Why would we put off something so sweet? If you've been waiting, go to Him now and be cleansed by His perfect holiness!