One of the most overlooked topics in christian living is the concept of maturing as a Christian.

Our verse today is 2 Corinthians 7:1

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

This verse should make us all sit up and pay attention.  Do we live our lives in such a way that is focused on “perfecting holiness out of a reverence or fear of God?

Are all of our decisions in life made out of reverence of Him?  If Christ was walking at all times directly beside us, would we act any differently?

Would we visit the same places?  Would we watch the same shows?  Or listen to the same music?

Would our attitudes be different?

The other part of this verse gives us a significant question.  What contaminates our spirit or our flesh?

What activities do we do that brings a separation between God and us?

Our relationship with Christ is as a Bride and a Groom.  This love relationship requires complete and total abandonment of anything that would defile this relationship.

Paul in writing to the church in Corinth goes through a list of activities that the church was actively doing   He is very concerned about the faith of the church.

He gets to Chapter 13 and He writes: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; test yourselves. Know ye not that Jesus Christ is in you”

Hows your faith?  Are you passing the examination?