2.) It takes time in Bible reading to be holy. This does not automatically produce holiness. Our minds must be attentive, and our hearts teachable if Bible reading is to make us holy. The Lord himself believed in the power of the Bible to make us holy, for in John 17:7 he prayed for his disciples, "Father, sanctify them through thy truth; thy Word is truth." And King David said in Psalm 119:11, "Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." It has wisely been said that the Bible will keep us from sin, or sin will keep us from it. So, we must discipline ourselves to read the Bible daily. If we read four chapters each day, we will read it once a year. And if we do so with open hearts, we will be made holier in the process. Remember, it takes time in Bible reading to be holy.
3.) It takes time in church attendance to be holy. Regular church attendance does not guarantee holiness any more than sitting in a kitchen fills your stomach. But for those who attend church in search of nourishment from the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, such attendance will prove helpful in their aspirations after holiness, for the Heavenly Father sanctifies his children through the truth of his Word, John 17:7 tells us. Moreover, the music in Bible-believing churches can promote our holiness, whether we hear it in special music, or sing with the congregation. And, participating in heartfelt, Scriptural prayer at church promotes our holiness. Remember, it takes time in church attendance to be holy.
4.) It takes time in confession of sin to be holy. Proverbs 28:13 says, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Psalm 32:5 says, "I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin."
Confession of sin need not be lengthy to obtain forgiveness. What counts is sincerity of heart. David's awful sins of adultery and murder were forgiven after a one sentence confession of them. 2 Samuel 12:13 says he said, "I have sinned against the LORD." He felt what he said, and was forgiven.
Sincere confession is not rushed through. In fact, the only rushed confession that God accepts is that which comes from one who is desperate to make things right with God. But even then the confessor wants to linger in God's presence until the burden of guilt has truly departed. And then they pour out their hearts in thanksgiving to God for his forgiveness. Remember, it takes time in confession of sin to be holy.