RE Verse reading–Colossians 3:12-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 14-16 (day four) “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (3:12) When the Bible calls us to be holy, we usually hear it more as a demand than an invitation, a strict moral code rather than an expression of God’s desire to be with us. “You be holy because I am holy” says the Lord in Leviticus 11. “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” says Hebrews 12:14. Holiness is the way that our friendship with God can develop and deepen. We are thinking this week about loving others. Paul’s thought in Colossians 3 is that none of us can love others until we experience God’s love for us. Have you considered that the reason God calls you to be holy is that He loves you and wants you to be with Him? It is not a harsh demand. It is an invitation.