Clean Hands and a Pure Heart

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Purity. Purity is not necessarily valued in our world. Everywhere we look there is something prying your attention away from the things of God. Several shows on Netflix. Pornography. Social media. Even walking through the mall we’re tempted to overindulge in Great American Cookies (oh my… yum), and Victoria’s Secret screams in our faces, “You are not enough. Your body is completely undesirable.” The world tells us to give ourselves over to the flesh. “If it makes you feel good, DO IT.”

This could not be further from the truth. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 has such a powerful message for us,

“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”

Purity is guiltless, blameless, innocent behavior. Our aim should be for PURITY! These verses tell us whoever disregards impurity doesn’t disregard man but GOD. Therefore, rejecting purity is rejecting the things of God. Purity is created and commanded by God. Our bodies belong to God and we should use them to glorify Him.

Jesus exemplified a life of purity. He offers us a relationship with Him, and when we begin that relationship, He wipes us clean. He makes us pure as snow. So are we pure once and for all and never have to really watch ourselves again? No. We continually have to be ON GUARD against Satan’s schemes. He wants us to overindulge and continually satisfy ourselves, seeking nothing but pleasure. When we see warning signs, we must flee as 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 says,

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

It’s amazing to me the grace Jesus offers us. When we mess up and indulge in impurity, His grace covers us. But that never means we should take advantage of His grace. We have to continually strive to set our hearts on Him. Seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness will be worth it.

Purity begins with making Christ our Savior — truly worshipping Him as the ONE and ONLY God. We cannot offer our souls up to idols of this world and have a pure heart at the same time. We daily have to examine our lives and see where we are falling short, praying for God to help us value the things HE values.

How are you reflecting Christ in your social media? How are you reflecting Christ in your homes? Does your family value purity? Do YOU value purity? Do you strive to exemplify Christ in all areas of your life?

For myself, I pray for clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24). We were bought with the blood of Jesus — that’s a MAJOR price to pay. Therefore, we must honor Him with the bodies, hearts, souls, and minds He’s given us. Think about this: What should you change today to become more pure like Christ? Find some accountability and work at it today.