"But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy" (I Peter 1:15-16).
Scripture admonishes us as Christians to be like our Lord and Savior in "all manner of conversation," or all manner of life. We are His earthly witnesses, and we must so order our lives that we are an adequate reflection of Him.
We are to be like Him in the purity of our lives. As our text points out, "Be ye holy; for I am holy." "Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure" (I John 3:3). "Follow . . . holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).
Our daily walk and lives should be patterned after Him. "He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked" (I John 2:6). "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another" (I John 1:7).
Furthermore, we are to be like Him in love. "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God. . . . For God is love" (I John 4:7-8). We are to be willing to suffer unjustly without revenge, "because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth" (I Peter 2:21-22).
Being like Him involves a life of service, as well. "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you" (John 13:14-15).
Christ has forgiven each of us many times, even though our sins grieve Him deeply. He stands ready to forgive and restore fellowship, and so should we. With His help, we can emulate Him, even when we are wronged. "Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32). JDM