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We all wish to believe we act with the best motives. However, the eye of God looks at each action, each thought, each motive, and discerns what directs our lives and the thoughts, words, and actions which fill our daily activities. When we consider what God desires in our lives, the following verses are ones on which we may profit by meditating and seeking to walk in purity.
The Lord Jesus spoke to the multitudes, "(v.3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (v.4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (v.5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (v.6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (v.7) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (v.8) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:3-8)
Paul spoke to the elders at Ephesus, "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men." (Acts 20:24) Those at Philippi were admonished, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)
In his 2 letters to Timothy, Paul exhorted, "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:" (1 Timothy 1:5) "Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience." (1 Timothy 3:9) "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12) "Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure." (1 Timothy 5:22)
"I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;" (2 Timothy 1:3) "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:22)
In his epistle to Titus, Paul wrote, "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled." (Titus 1:15)
The epistle to the Hebrews records, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:22)
James exhorted in his epistle, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27) "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." (James 3:17)
The apostle Peter admonished, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:" (1 Peter 1:22) "This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:" (2 Peter 3:1)
"And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." (1 John 3:3)
May we daily, hourly strive for purity in every aspect of our walk and ways.
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Posted by dondegr8 at 4:28 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2004 4:42 PM EDT