Monday, December 15, 2008

At the Well - Purity

Today's At the Welll is hosted by Heather at Emotional Purity. The topic will center around "Purity". At the Well is based on the Bible verses found in Titus 2 where women are encouraged to be pure in their life and their relationships.

So, purity - the first thoughts I have of purity are white, clean, without spot or blemish. Pure and innocent from the beginning, not marred in any way.

Well, I can begin be saying that without God, I am certainly not pure. Purity is a characteristic which is not "put on", but one that it is inside of you, in your heart and it directs every thought, word and attitude. They say character is what you are when no one is looking, what you do, think etc., when no one is around, that is the true you.

The Bible is clear that each one of us is a sinner. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." But the best news is that Jesus came willingly as a sacrifice for our sins. He gave His life on a cross for our forgiveness, all we have to do is admit we are sinners by nature, believe that Jesus died for our sins and receive His gift of salvation. When we accept the forgiveness of Jesus, He cleanses us and makes us pure. "If anyone is is Christ, he is a new creation - old things are passed away, all things become new". This promise from God's Word assures us that things in our past are cleansed and forgiven, We begin a new life. Now, there will be times that sin crops up in our life. Another promise is found in God's Word, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

So purity is found only through Christ and His forgiveness. He guides us in His Word on ways to be pure, in Philippians He gives ways to keep our mind focused - "...whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, anything praiseworthy or of virtue, these are the things we are to meditate or fill our minds with. It has been noted how important the mind is, whatever enters the mind filters it's way to the heart, and is then expressed through words and actions.

As Christian women, purity is a very important quality in our relationships. We exhibit purity by guarding our hearts and minds from hindrances - jealousy, dishonesty, greed etc.. When we are on guard against these things which hinder purity, our consciences are clear and our relationships are blessed.

Let us purpose to fill our heart and mind with the things of the Lord and purity will be what comes out!

2 comments:

  1. What a great post. Thank you for sharing this. I am so thankful for Jesus gift of eternal life and forgiveness!

    Merry Christmas!

    Sharon

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for sharing your commment. It is a joy and blessing to hear from you and your words are appreciated.