“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
It takes only a tiny drop of poison to contaminate a glass of water. A tiny drop seems so inconsequential, yet it has the power to render a simple glass of water potentially fatal.
The same is true of our hearts. The tiniest deviation from God’s Word can contaminate our hearts in ways that have very serious consequences, some even irreversible.
Let’s take a “little white lie,” for instance. We rationalize it as follows:
- It’s only a little lie.
- It won’t hurt anyone.
- It’s really a way of being polite.
But is it, really?
One of the reasons I love children so much is that they are blunt. One night, as I sang to my five-year-old granddaughter at bedtime, she said, “Nonna, you don’t sing like Mommy. I like her voice better.” I laughed and praised God for my granddaughter’s honesty. It was refreshing. It was wholesome.
It was pure.
Purity is the key to a meaningful life. David the Psalmist prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). My pastor has coined a great saying: “A clean heart brings clear vision.” We can’t have clear direction for our lives if our hearts are not pure.
In purity lies the power. The power of God to serve God. Jesus said, “Be ye holy as I am holy.” What does this mean?
To be holy is to be without contamination. It is to be sound. The root of the word “holy” means “whole” in the sense of lacking nothing pertaining to well-being. The Word of God tells us in 2 Peter 1:2 that our Lord has given us everything we need to live a holy life through our knowledge of Jesus Christ. The better we know Jesus, the more whole–or holy–we will be. A holy life–a pure life–derives from intimacy with Jesus Christ. He is the Vine; we are the branches.
As we cling to the Vine, we will grow in purity. As we grow in purity, we will grow in power.
And a heart full of God’s power is a heart that can change the world.
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4 thoughts on “The Power of Purity”
MaryAnn, I appreciate this post. So often we ‘compromise’ our purity. We are too quick to spout the doctrine of grace instead of striving to be holy. I wonder what it will be like to look back at our lives, from an eternal perspective, and see all the things we could’ve done if only we had kept our eyes on those things Philippians 4:8-9 tell us are good(pure) to meditate on instead of compromising into sin.
Thank you very much, Jessica, for your thoughtful comments. You are so right! Grace is not an excuse for compromise.
Blessings to you!
This is so very true and thank you for posting this; I adore the new route this has taken. I also adore your book “You were Made for Greatness.”
Love to you,
Thank you, Skye. I am so happy that my posts bless you and that you enjoyed YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS! Indeed, you were! 🙂