“How glorious it is for us to have the hands of Jesus upon our lives. When Jesus stretched out His hands, it meant the extension of so many good things – His hands reached out and fathered children to His side; He touched a leper and he was cleansed; He reached forth His hands and rescued Peter from the stormy sea; He lifted His hands over the disciples and sent His blessings upon them.” – Roy Lessin (*quote, not Scripture)
Jesus is both our salvation and sanctification (our continued growth in holiness). “…You are in Chrisf Jesus, Who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30) “…God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13b)
Part of sanctification is learning to have self-control and practicing obedience to God’s moral laws. “It is God’s will that you be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate list like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.” (1 Thessalonians 4:6)
God does not take sin lightly. As we follow Him, let us pray He helps us glorify Him in all our deeds.