All Christians, in some way or another, are about the business of holy living, whether we have acquired a suitable vocabulary for it or not. But it is difficult to know exactly what it consists of. We hardly know what to look for anymore.
For the last hundred years and more, those who have set themselves up as our authorities in how to live have been taking us on thrilling roller-coaster prospects of either social utopianism or psychological fulfillment – or both. And we are worse. The only things that have improved, if that is the word for it, are our capacities to move faster and spend more.
There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty … Cultivate inner beauty, the gently, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way. (1 Peter 3.1B, 4-5).