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“Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.” – Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond

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Listen to my song “May I Be Light” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Support my ministry by purchasing my songs and books (Mercy Reigns & Listen to Your Heart). Thank you!

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1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who also gives his holy Spirit to you.

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It would be helpful to translate holiness as wholeness.

I believe this is the idea that St. Paul was trying to get across.

Unfortunately, we turned holiness into some pious and devout image of perfection.

We turned sin into every-little-infraction-of-immorality and envisioned that they stuck to us like a lesion.

This sank us into a state of wretchedness deserving of punishment.

What if we instead saw sin as missing the mark?

What if we saw it as leading us away from the wholeness of who God made us to be?

That wholeness is always there inside you.

It’s the you that God made and unconditionally loves.

It’s the light inside you.

We often remember that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), but we often forget that he also said to all of us, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Impurity, or doing things that disregard your inner wholeness, is like disregarding God.

It is like covering your light.

It is disregarding Love itself since God is love (1 John 4:8).

When we turn from Love we create disharmony not only in ourselves but in the world.

We are called to live from this inner Love, our true selves, so as to co-create harmony with the Love that is in the DNA of all that exists.

How else can God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10)?

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Listen to the song of the day “May I Be Light” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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