Saturday, May 15, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday ~ Holy

It's Then Sings My Soul Saturday when I link up with Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

I've been studying Ann Spangler's book "Praying the Names of God".  This week the focus was on God as Holy One or Qedosh Yisreal. 

In Thursday's devotional, Ann wrote a bit about the way we interact with those who don't know Jesus as their personal Savior. 

It can be tempting to avoid people who behave in ways that are not pleasing to God.  Christians have often been described by unbelievers as unfriendly and 'holier than thou'. 

How can you grow in holiness and yet still care about people who are not YET believers?  Can you interact without compromising your beliefs and becoming like them?

Ann wrote:
... why on earth would I expect someone to act like Christ when they don't have a relationship with Him?

As we grow in holiness, may we separate ourselves from our own sinful attitudes and behavior.  We can still love people to the Lord ...without adopting their lifestyle.    

I love this old hymn called "Holy, holy, holy" as it is sung by Michael W. Smith.

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Denise said...

I love Michael W. Smith.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

One of my favorite songs as well!

Jesus loved us before we loved Him - end of story - right? So what's our problem?

Hugs and blessings!


Karen said...

I love this hymn! I actually heard it on another blog earlier today, too!

Sonja said...

I love this song too Debbie... and I love Michael W.Smith... I have liked his music for such a long time that I think he may be nearly as old as me!! :)

Happy weekend sister!


NanaNor's said...

Hi dear friend, I've missed our emails and hope to get one out to you this weekend. I absolutely love this song by Smitty. I so agree with your post and sometimes I find it easier to be with unbelievers and just love on them rather than wondering where people are spiritually.
Have a blessed weekend.
Love, Noreen

More Than Conquerors said...

Lovely song, Debbie. What a precious reminder that God is holy and we are to grow in holiness and yet still care about people who are not yet believers. May God enables us to share His Good News of salvation and love with others that they too can come to know the blessing of knowing Him. Take care and have a blessed Lord's day!

Warm regards,

~*Michelle*~ said...

Awesome song.....and perfect timing. I have just talked about the trial we are facing within our family (my blog) and this message was right ON! I know God led me here this morning for a reason.....

thank you!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes and Amen!

Sassy Granny ... said...

The quote packs a whallop! I'm reminded that Jesus walked among the lost & forsaken with nary an expectation of their godliness. All too often I expect the unbeliever to behave as a believer; then wonder, "What's wrong with this picture?"

Great song!


Debbie said...

Oh how I love this song...definitely one of my fav's...Have a wonderful week-end. HUGS, Debbie

Michelle said...

What a beautiful presentation along with this beautiful song.
Thanks for sharing.

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

I love your post! And MWS is one of my fave singers. THank you for sharing! I am now following you

Mocha with Linda said...

I never particularly cared for this song as a child, but it's one of my favorites now.

Beth said...

One of my all time favorite hymns! :)

Mari said...

Great post and song! Thanks for stopping by. I love the quote from Ann in the is like our pastor says, "You can't expect spiritually incorrect people to do spiritually correct things." Be blessed!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post. I have been asking that question for a while now! I simply don't understand why a fellow believer would want a person to behave themselves externally when inside their hearts aren't changed!

Cathy said...

I loved that, Debbie. Thanks so much for sharing it. Love you ~

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