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God Wants You To Be Set Apart from Sin
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 5

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'be holy in heart and mind'?

To be holy in heart and mind means to devote my whole self to loving God and hating sin. 1 Peter 1:15-16 – But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

The Difference This Truth Makes
The technical meaning of the word sanctify is “set apart.” In sanctification, God sets us apart from something, but He also sets us apart to something. God sets us apart from sin. He sets us apart to Himself (love) and to His service (good works).

The part about being set apart from sin is holiness. To be “holy” means to be “separate from sin.”

Paul asks believers a question in Romans 6:1 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Some people who say they are Christians believe they can live however they want, and they do! But the apostle Paul says to that type of thinking: “God forbid!” This means “may it never, never be!” God has saved us so that we can become more holy. Romans 8:13 – For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

The word mortify means “to put to death.” Romans 8:13 uses some very strong language about how we are to treat the sin in our lives! Sometimes, sanctification means gritting your teeth and striving to obey God with everything you’ve got (check out the Matthew 5:29-30 attitude)! Sanctification is often hard work, but it is always worth it to cooperate with God as He accomplishes His purpose in you.