1. How have you thought about holiness? Is your understanding of holiness related to completing a certain “spiritual” task or do you also understand holiness to be a transformation of the heart and life that shows up in very practical ways in our day-to-day relationships?

2. Read again the fruits of the Holy Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23a). How do these fruits manifest themselves in the way that you relate to your spouse? How should these fruits of the Holy Spirit manifest themselves in your marriage relationship? Try to be as practical as possible.

3. Always remember: the Lord has provided us with His Holy Spirit to help us become more like Him. Becoming holy is not a matter of self-transformation. It is a matter of looking to God in repentance and faith on a day-by-day basis and seeking His help in becoming more like Him.

© 2003 Christian Family Life

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