My Fitness

Monday, August 12, 2013

only what is pure (life under control - week 3 day 3)

whatever is pure

pure: not mixed or adulterated with any other substance of material

Pure does not necessarily refer to sexually perverted or licentious thoughts and behavior, although certainly that is included. Godly purity means abstaining from unrighteous anger, too, for example. In today's world we are bombarded with impure messages from billboards, talk radio, music, TV, internet, and even our Facebook 'friends' list. By themselves none of these media are impure, but they can be a source of impurity. I have needed to stop frequenting sites like Reddit because the conversations often turned so hostile and bullying not toward me but toward others and I would get so mad and want to avenge the person...and it's so ridiculous. You (I mean, I) can't let anonymous people have such control over your (I mean, my) emotions. So, I left. (Also, they are really hateful and intolerant toward Christianity over there.)

In Proverbs, it is written that gracious words are pure. And we know from Jesus that what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart. James writes that we should receive the implanted [into our hearts] word. And how do we receive? In Paul's epistle to the Romans, he writes that we receive faith from hearing the word. So bury your head in the Bible and read what it says. Commit it to memory. The continuous filling of purity will purge us from impurity. We are made pure by hearing (or reading) the word of God.

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