Proverbs 22:11 “He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.”
In almost every area of life, there are purists.
Some study, taste, experiment, and hold to the tenets of tea drinking. They are meticulous about the time a tea steeps, the mix of specific blends, and the organic way the tea is grown and harvested.
Coffee drinkers are similar. Where the bean is grown, when harvested, how coffee beans should be ground, the length of steeping and even the water’s temperature are all elements taken seriously by coffee purists.
We may all have some areas of interest that we are purer than others around us. But there is one area where we, as children of God, can all excel in purity. The pureness of our hearts with our Father in Heaven.
It is a single activity borne out of love. The purity and keeping of our hearts are a singular activity that only we can know how dirty or clean the relationship stands.
Psalm 24:3-4 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”
Should we compromise or neglect the purity of our relationship with God, all around us will suffer.
Our sensitivity toward sin is telling. Often, we struggle with a particular sin because we accept less than pure conditions for our soul. God has given every one of us the ability to live as He has commanded.
Leviticus 20:7 “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.”
1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Upholding purity as a standard in our life is a personal character trait we must adhere to as children of God. Purity in all our relationships is something we tend to neglect.
There are secrets, hidden sins of the past that we hide from view. We wear a mask of sorts to hide our less comely parts. We may be shy, insecure, less knowledgeable than others, or find it hard to relate to the majority. Fear causes us to shrink from their focus, and we retreat to the shadows.
We feel that if they knew the “real” us, they wouldn’t like us very much because we don’t love ourselves very much. The reality of being something or someone we are not is damaging.
First, others do not see the reality of who we are, and second, should they like the person we project, we feel rejected because they don’t love or accept the real person we’ve failed to show them.
The key to all this is to accept our vulnerability. We will always be at risk of denial and rejection with every person we meet. Being comfortable in your skin is a term of receiving who we really are and living boldly in front of others regardless of the consequences.
The purifier is the Word of God. It exposes, convicts, offers repentance, and cleanses and then shows the way back to a right relationship. We must fall in love with our Bibles.
Psalm 119:140 “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”
There is a great reward for submitting and yielding to God’s Word.
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
If you are a saved child of God, you cannot be ignorant of the things that stand in the way of purity in your life. The indwelling Holy Spirit is there to lead, guide, convict, and aid us back to a right relationship with the Father.
Our obedience to God’s voice and His leading in our life is key to remaining pure in our relationship with God.
God’s love overarches all. He desires a clean and right relationship to show us so much more about Himself and allow us to partake in some of the most beautiful things He has to offer.
Set your heart to seek to be pure. You will never regret it.