Having a Holy Disposition
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1 Peter 3: 15 (KJV)
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
What is meant by our sanctifying the Lord God? It cannot mean to make Him holy, for He is perfectly holy, whatever may be our estimate of Him; and our views of Him evidently can make no change in His character. The meaning therefore must be, that we should regard Him as holy in our estimate of Him, or in the feelings which we have toward Him. But to esteem or regard Him as a holy Being, in contradistinction from all those feelings which rise up in the heart against Him, the feelings of complaining and murmuring under His dispensations, as if He were severe and harsh; the feelings of dissatisfaction with His government, as if it were partial and unequal; the feelings of rebellion, as if His claims were unfounded or unjust. It is to desire that He may be regarded by others as holy, in accordance with the petition in the Lord‘s prayer, Matt.6:9, “hallowed be thy name;” that is, “let thy name be esteemed to be holy everywhere;” a feeling in opposition to that which is regardless of the honor which He may receive in the world. When we esteem a friend, we desire that all due respect should be shown him by others; we wish that all who know him should have the same views that we have; we are sensitive to his honor, just in proportion as we love him.
The sense in the passage before us is, “In your hearts, or in the affections of the soul, regard the Lord God as holy, and act toward him with that confidence which a proper respect for one so great and so holy demands. In the midst of dangers, be not intimidated; dread not what man can do, but evince proper reliance on a holy God, and flee to him with the confidence which is due to one so glorious.” This contains, however, a more general direction, applicable to Christians at all times. It is, that in our hearts we are to esteem God as a holy being, and in all our deportment to act toward him as such. The object of Peter in quoting the passage from Isa.8: 13, was to lull the fears of those whom he addressed, and preserve them from any alarms in view of the persecutions to which they might be exposed; the trials which would be brought upon them by people.
If we sanctify the Lord God in our hearts, there will be a belief that He will do all things well, and our minds will be calm. However dark the times may be, we shall be assured that everything is ordered aright and there will be the assurance that all is safe. “Though I walk,” says David, “through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me,” Ps.23:4. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps.27:1. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble: therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof,” Ps.46:1-3.
Friends, let us ever then regard the Lord as holy, just, and good. Let us flee to Him in all the trials of the present life, and in the hour of death repose on His arm.
Have a great and godly day!