The Evangelical Revival in 1739 – 1791, with preachers like John Wesley and George Whitefield, was known for its teaching on holiness and was given the nickname the ‘Holiness Revival’. It was marked by those who were convicted of their sin, surrendered to Christ, and therefore lived with purity of heart and life.
Emerging from this was an understanding of ‘social holiness’ in the teaching of Wesley who understood that salvation was not only about heaven but about loving God and loving people on earth. Wesley realised that holiness needed to be outworked in the community as a necessary part of church life.
There is nothing like remembering that our pursuit of being Christ-like is not just about ourselves, but for others too. In Galatians 6:9, Paul encouraged believers “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Take Paul’s words to heart today and resolve to continue submitting to the process of purity through Christ, for the sake of all those who are, as yet, unsaved.
THEREFORE, AS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE, HOLY AND DEARLY LOVED, CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH COMPASSION, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS AND PATIENCE. BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AND FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER IF ANY OF YOU HAS A GRIEVANCE AGAINST SOMEONE. FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU. AND OVER ALL THESE VIRTUES PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS THEM ALL TOGETHER IN PERFECT UNITY.
Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)