Much like our current culture, morality in the Roman Empire was very low. Paul recognized that perfection is impossible, but striving to be holy is not. In 1 Thessalonians 4:7 Paul says, For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Allowing sin to run unabated in our lives leads to harsh consequences; physically, emotionally, and Spiritually. Only through trusting in God and leading of the Holy Spirit can we combat the desire for sin in our lives.
Today’s reading is summed up in the first two verses in Leviticus 19:1-2, The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Everything that is described and commanded in today’s reading is meant to bring the Israelites closer to God. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross bridges that gap for us, but the commandment in verse 2, ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.’ still holds true to us today as believers. We must keep all this in mind in everything we do.