"Precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4)
Our heavenly Father disciplines us for our own good, "that we might be partakers of his holiness" (Hebrews 12:10). God's motives are always loving!
I have known people who seemed to be terrified by God's loving desire that we should reflect His own holiness and goodness, for holiness is Godlikeness - likeness to God!
God encourages every Christian believer to follow after holiness. We know who we are and we know who God i. He does not ask us to be God and He does not ask us to produce the holiness that only He Himself knows. Only God is holy absolutely: All other beings can be holy only in relative degrees.
Actually, it is amazing and wonderful that God should promise us the privilege of sharing in His nature. He remembers we were made of dust. So He tells us what is in His being as He thinks of us: "It is My desire that you grow in grace and in the knowledge of Me. I want you to be more like Jesus, My eternal Son, every day you live!"
Lord, thank You for allowing us to share in Your divine nature. I want to become even more like You, but I need Your Spirit's help and encouragement. Amen
~A. W. Tozer~