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Holiness, Love, and Mildew



The Mosaic Law doesn’t only have implications for our vertical relationship with God, it contains important principles to guide our horizontal relationships with each other. Ben Stuart examines some of the ways that the moral law is meant to help forge a healthy community through personal responsibility and abundant generosity.

Key Takeaway

Structure is not the antithesis of freedom.

  1. Holiness looks like love. If you want to be holy, like Jesus, you love your neighbor as yourself.
  2. Love looks like personal responsibility. If someone snuck in your house and put mildew on your wall, how long would it take for you to tell the community? For the sake of the community, you do what's right. You acknowledge the mildew instead of putting a picture over it to hide it. You keep diseases that are festering from hurting God's people.
  3. Love looks like generosity with your abundance. Don't clean the edges. When you have an abundance, don't gather it all for yourself. Leave things behind for others to take. Leave harvest everywhere for people who had different tragedies than your own.


"God created structure that wasn't stifling, it was actually forms that gave purpose, and meaning, and flourishing to life."

Ben Stuart

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Scripture References

  • Leviticus 14:32-47
  • Romans 8:1-3
  • Leviticus 19:1-18
  • Psalm 19
  • Psalm 119
Ben Stuart Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church D.C. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries on the campus of Texas A&M. He also earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.