Live a holy life to glorify the Lord

Thomas Watson

We glorify God by a holy life. A bad life dishonours God. ‘Ye are an holy nation, that ye should shew forth the praises of him that hath called you’ (1 Pet. 2:9). ‘The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you’ (Rom. 2:24). Epiphanius says, ‘That the looseness of some Christians in his time made many of the heathens shun their company, and would not be drawn to hear their sermons.’ By our exact Bible conversation we glorify God. Though the main work of religion lies in the heart, yet our light must so shine that others may behold it. The safety of a building is the foundation, but the glory of it is in the frontis-piece; so the beauty of faith is in the conversation. When the saints, who are called jewels, cast a sparkling lustre of holiness in the eyes of the world, then they ‘walk as Christ walked’ (1 John 2:6). When they live as if they had seen the Lord with bodily eyes, and been with him upon the mount, they adorn religion, and bring revenues of glory to the crown of heaven.

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