“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”‘ (Leviticus 11:44-45 & 19:2; 1 Peter 1:14-16)
A question was posed. “How holy does one have to be?” Strange to see God’s children discussing what it means to obey. If we love the Father we want to please Him, and we do our best. We are members of a holy family. How we honor God, and behave with each other, is now up to us.
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the one born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and do His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For everyone born of God overcomes the world; and this is our victory that has overcome the world — our faith.” (1 John 5:1-4)
Through faith in the blood of Christ we became holy children. Our works on this earth will one day be tested by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) If I’m reading the Scriptures right there are rewards for holy behavior and loss if we are careless. Love, and throw away that “to be righteous” check-list. Love is the behavior God calls holy.