Seven Characteristics of Holy People
As Christians we are called to be saints.
The Greek word translated ‘saint’ is ‘agios’, ‘holy one’ or ‘set apart one’ or ‘consecrated for His purpose.’
“To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” (Rom 1:7)
“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor 1:2)
“…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Pet 1:15)
‘Be holy, for I am holy…..’
Our question should not be is it possible?’ Rather, it should be ‘HOW is it possible?’
This year’s Fasting and Prayer Program, entitled ‘How to Live a Holy Life,’ aims to help us to strive towards holiness by focusing on the How?
In the next seven weeks leading up to the Holy Pascha we will be focusing on seven characteristics of holy people. Each week we will look at one characteristic in depth, with particular focus on how to live this characteristic in our daily lives.
“But we deceive ourselves if we think that we are saved while remaining sinners. Christ saves those sinners by giving them the means to become saints.” (1 Tim 1:15)
Great Lent focuses on Seven Characteristics of Holy People:
Week 1 – Holy people are filled with the love of God
Week 2 – Holy people love others
Week 3 – Holy people are humble, willingly and lovingly attributing to God all that they have and all that they will ever be
Week 4 – Holy people are people of prayer
Week 5 – Holy people are not perfect , they are always striving for repentance
Week 6 – Holy people struggle in their spiritual life to obtain virtues
Week 7 – Holy people love and live the commandments of the Lord