What is Holiness?

When we ask ourselves this question, we need to look at the very nature of God Himself, for it was He who said, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). God is referred to as being light (1 John 1:5) and love (1 John 4:8). A brief description of these elements of God’s character will enable us to grasp more fully the implications of holiness.


“Agape love” is a term which may be defined as a “disinterested (not to be confused with uninterested) benevolence.” In other words, an unselfish willing for the highest good.


The term “light” is an expression referring to that which reveals to us what our actions ought to be. The Bible states “whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” Light is also used in the Bible to connote understanding or perception.

Holiness can therefore be defined as living for the highest good of God and our fellow man according to our knowledge of what that entails at any given time. Or, to put it another way, it is simply living up to the light you have from a right intention of heart.