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Date: November 14

Category: Godly Character

Leviticus 19:2b
"You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis passage, which is found in the Old Testament, is a command from God. There is a comparable command for us in the New Testament as well. In 1 Peter 1:15 we read, "But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living." So our holiness should be displayed in the way we live. As you read chapter 19 of Leviticus, you will find a number of commands that God gives us in order for us to live holy. Today, let's go through some of these commands.

In verse 3a we read that we are to give due respect to our mother and father. Obedience to parents is so important to God. People sometimes think that they can be acceptable to God but not have any regard for their parents. That's wrongful thinking. How you relate to your parents directly reflects how you relate to God. Then in verse 4a it says that we are not to turn to idols or make ourselves molten gods. In other words, God doesn't want us to worship anything or anyone other than Him because He is the Lord our God. If Jesus Christ is really the Lord over our lives, then we will not worship anyone but Him.

Then we read in verse 5, "And when you offer a sacrifice of peace offering to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted." In other words, we are to do things for God in a manner that is acceptable to Him. Then in verses 9-10 we read, "And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field to its very corners, neither shall you gather the fallen ears or gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I am the Lord your God." If God is the Lord of our lives, then we cannot just think of ourselves. God wants us to consider the poor and the stranger and share with them a portion of the increase we receive.

Then it says in verse 11, "You shall not steal, or deal falsely, or lie to one to another." When God becomes the Lord of your life, you are to no longer deal with others in an unjust or ungodly way. That's not acceptable if you are a true believer. When you lie to others, you prove yourself to be joined with the devil that is the father of lies. Then it says in verse 12, "And you shall not swear by My name falsely, neither shall you profane the name of your God. I am the Lord." In other words, we should not use the name of God is vain. We should never curse God or swear by His name.

In verse 13 we read, "You shall not defraud or oppress your neighbour or rob him; the wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until morning." So if somebody works for you, then you are not to delay paying him. If someone has given you a service that has helped you to advance forward, then you are to pay him the wages he deserves. Then it says in verse 14a, "You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind." When you find someone who is deaf or blind, you should do everything you can to help him/her. You are not to curse or hurt the deaf and the blind.

In verse 15 it says that we are not to be partial or show injustice towards the poor, and we are not to show preference for the mighty. So God wants us to deal with every case in a justly manner. Then in verse 16, we read that God doesn't want us to gossip about other people. We are not to talk negatively about anyone. How we relate to other people has a direct influence on our relationship with God. We cannot be strong in our relationship with God and talk bad about other people.

Then in verse 18a we read that we are not to hold revenge, grudge, hatred or resentment against others. Verse 18b says, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." That is such an important commandment from God. God wants us to do more than just to avoid doing harm towards others. God wants us to love our neighbours and show them love through good deeds.

As you read the rest of Leviticus 19 you'll find several more commandments that God gives us in order that we may live a holy life. We can see from these commands that holiness comes from our relationship with God and our relationship with people. How we relate to God will determine how we're going to relate to people. If God is truly the Lord of our lives, then we will live holy just as He is holy, meaning we will honor and obey Him and we will respect and love others.

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