Maintain the initiative. Initiative can have a few different meanings, but in our context, it means "advantage or upper hand" and "one's personal, responsible decision." In essence, our decision to live holy lives means we have an advantage or upper hand over our enemy, the devil. Holiness is a direct counterattack to the enemy; it's no wonder we have to work very diligently to maintain our standards of holiness in every aspect of our lives, at all times, with whomever we may find ourselves. The difference between God's holiness and a legalistic version that is regulated by laws and orders, is that we are moved to be holy out of love for Jesus Christ, not merely duty towards Him. Let us not lose our initiative and allow the front line of battle to become blurred with compromise and inconsistency.