Posts Tagged ‘Purity


The Salt Of The Earth

Salt has many uses. It can be used to season food, which is probably its most common use. It can be used to preserve food as well. In the winter, we put rock salt down on the ice in order to melt it. Salt is very useful. Jesus said that His followers are to be useful as well. In the Sermon on the Mount, He said:

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. – Matthew 5:13 (NIV)

The salt they used in Jesus’ day was full of impurities and wasn’t always good for its intended purpose. As the salt of the earth, Jesus is telling us that we need to season the world with His flavor. If we are full of impurities, though, we can do more harm than good. We lose our saltiness when we allow too many impurities into our lives. If we fail to live out our purpose, we’re no good to the Kingdom of God. Let’s be good salt today and season the world with the pure love of Jesus.

Our Motivation

Motivation is so important in the life of a follower of Jesus. Some motivations are better than others. Why do we live the way that we live? Do we obey God out of respect and reverence? Do we live for Jesus out of fear and terror? Do we live for Jesus because He loves us and we love Him? Peter wrote:

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. – 2 Peter 3:14 (NIV)

Since we are looking forward to the day of Christ’s return, we should live differently. We need to be spotless or pure and holy. We need to be blameless, which is free from accusation. We need to be at peace with Him, which means that we need to be reconciled to Him by grace through faith. Our motivation is knowing that Jesus has saved us and is returning to take us home. This is something we who follow Him are looking forward to. Jesus loves us and will take us to be with Him forever. Until that day, let us live with the expectation of Heaven in our hearts.

Remembering What Jesus Said

Peter says that he wrote two letters, but for the same purpose. He wrote:

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. – 2 Peter 3:1-2 (NIV)

First, Peter wrote to stimulate wholesome thinking. This has to do with pure and uncontaminated thinking. The false teachers of his day were polluting the minds of those to whom Peter was writing. Second, Peter wrote to bring to mind the words of the past. He was reminding them of what the Old Testament prophets had written and what Jesus had commanded, too. What was Jesus’ command? There are many possibilities as to the command Peter had in mind. It could be to love one another. It could be to believe in Him. It could be to live lives of holiness as the day of His return approaches. In any case, as we look ahead, we’ll see that Peter’s emphasis is on obeying God as the day of the Lord draws near.

Winning Over Their Husbands

In 1 Peter 2, Peter addressed submission of Christians to governing authorities and slaves to masters. In chapter 3, he first turns his attention to wives and husbands. He addresses a very specific situation here. He wrote:

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. – 1 Peter 3:1-2 (NIV)

What is a Christian wife of an unbelieving spouse supposed to do? In Peter’s day, a wife was expected to take the religion of her husband. What if she became a Christian and he did not? He might become upset or angry and mistreat her. Peter says that she should be a faithful, loving wife who respects her husband. She should practice her faith with reverence and live a pure life. This way, she might win her husband to the Lord, which is the most important goal of all.

The Vow Of Purity

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the fourth message in our series from LifeChurch in Oklahoma, “The Vow.” This message is based on Genesis 3:1-15.


What It Takes To Be Pure

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I’ve read an interesting tidbit about the ermine.  It’s fur is white as snow and it has often been used as a symbol of purity because it would rather die than get dirty.  The way that one catches an ermine is to coat the opening to its den with grease.  When they are chased by dogs and hunters, they refuse to go into their den because the grease would cause it to get dirty.
Paul tells Timothy to keep himself “pure” in verse 22.  We should do the same.  We should keep ourselves pure like the ermine keeps its coat pure.  What are you willing to do to be holy?  God calls us to a life of purity and holiness.  We are told to be holy because God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).
We need purity and holiness in the things we say.  Unholy language should not come from holy lips.  We need purity and holiness in the things we think.  From our hearts and minds come our actions and words.  If we strive for holiness in our thoughts, our words and actions will be more holy.  That means protecting ourselves from the filth of this world.  We need purity and holiness in our actions, too.  We need to take a good hard look at our habits and sins and determine the next steps we need to take to eradicate them from our lives.
The first step is to confess them to God.  Let His forgiveness wash over you like a hot shower after a long day.  The next step is to surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit does the work of sanctification and desires to make us holy.  Let Him do the work of conviction when it comes to our sins.  The third step is to read and study God’s Word.  If we want more of Jesus in our lives, we need to turn to the Bible for it is in Scripture where we find the story of Jesus.  Finally, the fourth step (which may be the hardest) is to walk away from temptations when they come our way.  If you’re tempted to sin by the people with whom you associate, then get new friends.  If you’re tempted to sin because of a routine or a route you take on the way home from work, change up your routine.
The point is that we should do whatever it takes to protect our hearts and souls.  We need to be pure and holy because God is pure and holy and He calls us to be like Him.
1 Timothy 5:22-25 (NIV)

22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.


Victory By Faith and Purity

Paul tells Timothy to hold “on to faith and a good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:19, NIV).  He says that this is how you “fight the battle well” (vs. 18).  Holding on to faith means that we are committed to the Christian faith – its doctrines as revealed in the Word of God.  Holding on to a good conscience means to live a pure life, according to pastor John MacArthur.
We are in a battle.  We battle not against people (flesh and blood – Ephesians 6:12, NIV), but rather against the enemy of our souls.  The enemy will use whatever tactics he can to try and trip us up and ensnare us.  If we study God’s Word and know it, we can fight back against the devil’s trickery.  If we have a clean conscience, we know that the accuser has nothing against us.  No one will believe a bad word about us if we live good lives.  The Holy Spirit will lead us in the battle and will give us the victory through faith and by the power of God’s Word.  This victory does not come through our strength or power.  It is only by faith in the power of God and His grace.  Jesus gives us the victory over the evil one.  Don’t try to fight against him on your own!  Study your Bible and pray, pray, pray for God’s blessing of victory.  Then, when victory over temptation and sin comes, give God the glory for it.
1 Timothy 1:18-20 (NIV)
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

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