Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Purity

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
I don't know about you but I want to see God face to face. I want to hug him. Look at the nail marks in his hand. Purity is important and often neglected in a Christian's spiritual journey.
Purity is not innocence. Purity is the outcome of sustained spiritual sympathy with God.
We have to grow purity. We have to work on letting God purify our hearts each and every day.
Purity is something we have to keep in our hearts and minds all the times. As Christians, we will still have temptations and trials. There are so many things in this world that are not of Christ- those things separate us from purity of heart and seeing God for who He is.
We are told not to meditate and think of the things of this world, the sins, misery, or temptations, but to think of the good things and the things of God. Purity of our hearts is  affected by our thoughts.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8
I was listening to Dr. Nedley's lecture about emotional IQ last night and he said Thoughts have more to do with how you feel than what is actually happening in your life.Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
"God makes us pure by his sovereign grace, but we have something to look after, this bodily life by which we come in contact with other people, and other points of view, it is these that are apt to sully. "
"Not only must the inner sanctuary be kept right with God, but the outer courts as well be brought into perfect accord with the purity God gives us by his grace." Chambers

If we are going to retain personal contact with the Lord Jesus Christ, it will mean there are some things we must scorn not to do or think, some legitimate things we must scorn to touch.

Sometimes I think it's hard to have a balance between a "holier than thou" attitude and a pure but humble, friend to everyone.
Ellen G White says "The life must be like Christ's life between the mountains and the multitude."

Get on your knees and spend some time with God. Confess your sins, and ask Him to purify your hearts and mind so that you can see Him for who He truly is.

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