Even When it Hurts

by Scarlett Stough

Who do you know who could be described as “holy and blameless?” Who do you know who even aspires to live up to such a lofty characterization? Where do you look to find even one person your children can admire who aims to live to such a high standard?

The closer we look at the private and public lives of politicians, financiers, entertainers of all types, and even religious leaders or their followers, the more we despair of finding even one person of real integrity who keeps his or her word and takes wise, moral and ethical action even when it hurts .

Yet, there are people God describes as “holy and blameless.” These are people whose inner motivations and aspirations are being changed. Not one has achieved a perfectly sin free life; but these are people who are free of sin because they walk with the One who covers them with his own holiness. The closer the walk with Jesus, the less blame there is to find, not because it is hidden, but because it is being removed. It is possible to be like the person described in Psalm 15 by living life side by side with the One person who embodies this perfect character, Jesus.

LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?

He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the LORD,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,
who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things
will never be shaken.

Psalm 15
A Psalm of David

In the letter to the Ephesians, we are given a word picture of Christ’s love for his church, but this applies to each person individually as well. God’s church is made up of individuals who are being made holy and blameless. “…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”

To be cleansed “through the word,” we need to read it, to hear it, to understand it, and to obey it. When we fill our mind with “God-breathed” words of Scripture, those words, which are given life by the Holy Spirit, do affect how we think and what choices we make. We will grow into the radiant, holy, and blameless people God would transform us into being.

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Whose Walk is Blameless.


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