…Toward Holiness and Integrity, pt 4 of 6

 This is part 4 of an essay entitled: Sailing Toward Holiness and Integrity: (CLICK FOR PART 1, 2, 3)

        Holiness comes from our alignment with God.  Especially in our current time, we may be too busy to stop and reflect.  What good can result from this busyness?  Not much good.  When we don’t pause, our convictions do not take root.  They are like seed scattered on rocky soil that takes root only enough to get scorched by the sun (Matthew 13:5-7).  Therefore, our actions are based on constant input we receive from the world around us—ever changing and rarely good.  Alignment with God requires reflection, devotion, study, and prayer.  In fact, “losing the sincere sense of spiritual disciplines,” is a sign that one is about to “perpetrate boundary violations (Rediger 38).”  Similarly, St. Ephraim the Syrian, is known to have said “[v]irtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance, suppresses anger, restrains pride and envy, draws down the Holy Spirit in to the soul and raises man to heaven (Logue).”  Such alignment with God gives us the strength to hear Him and to fight anything that may hinder us on our way to holiness and integrity.  The root of the word virtue “comes from the Latin virtus, which literally meant something like power (Gill 30).”  This is the same root for the word “virility,” which still carries a meaning of value and potency (Gill 30).  Alignment with God is possible only with God, through His goodness and impartation of virtue—the power to be good. 

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