An unknown number of sermons ago, I made reference to Hebrews 12:14 which reads, “Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” I know that this passage has worried some people. My former professor, Hal Knight, had this wonderful explanation from the Wesleyan tradition:
Now if you do not feel you are holy as Jesus is holy, do not be discouraged. The Holy Spirit is at work in your life and you are growing daily toward that goal. And you will receive it, at the time of death if not before. So have faith in Christ and be open to receive all that God has for you this day, as God continues to make you into the person you were originally created to be, one who loves as God loves.
I just thought I would share. Open yourself up to all the grace God offers you this day, but do not be discouraged, and do not be afraid.