The simplest way to define purity is by saying God is pure. Every word written in His holy book is pure (Prov. 30:5). Our gracious Father has given us a simple guide to understanding purity.
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.Ps. 19:8
If God is pure, we must follow His commandments to be like Him. There are two parts to His commandments; love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). The bible speaks for itself. The only way to keep these commandments is to love (Rom. 13:8-10).
It is dangerous for churches to teach people the ten commandments were done away with at the cross. Not only is this false, but do you think our God will be okay with you worshiping foreign gods (1 Kin. 18:21)? How convincing would your testimony be if you murdered a man or slept with a married woman (James 2:11)? These are severe offenses to God. Moreover, you need to keep God’s commandments to practice purity.
Let’s get this straight, following the commandments won’t make you pure. The commandments are a reflection of Christ’s character. God is pure (1 John 3:3), and so is the law (Ps.19:8). Without the law of God, it’s not possible to be pure (1 John 3:4). And your punishment will be death (1 John 8:9; Rev. 21:8).
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.1 John 3:2-3
Again, the ten commandments are a reflection of God’s character. We must be like Him and believe in His promises to purify ourselves. Do not take your walk with God lightly. As He is, so must we be (1 John 4:17).
There can be no greater reward for a believer of Christ than seeing and dwelling with our God (Matt. 5:8). You will live in the home Christ prepared for you and be with Him always (John 14:3). When the end comes, you will dwell with God in a place that knows no pain or death (Rev. 21:4). God will fulfill all of your needs and desires.
Before we bring this post to an end, I want to share a few more things with you.
“With the pure Thou wilt shew Thyself pure; and with the froward Thou wilt shew Thyself froward”—that is, as God meets us where we are, so we are to meet men where they are. Let us not, by refusing to meet our fellow-men where they are, place ourselves outside the compass of God’s love and mercy3BC 1143.5
For someone to believe they are better than another is a sad delusion. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). No one can be pure without Christ.
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.Prov. 20:9, 11
Just as God used others to bring us into the faith, God must also use us to reach unrepentant sinners. If a sinner is not ready to change, walk contrary to them and pray the Lord will reach them before judgment day.
Pray this prayer each day to be purified and renewed in Jesus Christ:
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.Ps. 51:10