Part of my daily communion with God in the mornings includes the writings of Puritan William Gurnall as edited by James S. Bell, Jr. in a book called The Christian in Complete Armour (Moody, 1994). It’s subtitled, Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare. Actually for some reason I’ve fallen into the habit of turning here first in my reading disciplines after my prayer walk/jog/lumber. I gave up running a long time ago.
Here is a portion from today’s called, The Effect of Holiness.
When a Christian sees holiness sparkle in the life of another believer, the grace within him springs up as the baby in Elisabeth leaped at the sound of Mary’s voice. Truly, one holy man is enough to put life into a whole society; but on the contrary, the looseness of a single professing Christian endangers the entire group of people who know him. Therefore God has given us a strict charge: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:14-15).
Oh to be a man holy enough to infuse life into a society and fearful enough so as not to endanger that society.