Jun 5, 2012 | Uncategorized

I admit, I am not 100% pure. I am 100% human, yes, but not absolutely pure. My thoughts are sometimes not pure. My actions, my motives. They are not always pure. The kind of purity I am talking about is the kind mentioned in this verse

Titus 1:15-16, “Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”

After reading this verse today, I prayed to God that my heart will always be pure. Not for God’s sake, if that is even possible, but for mine.

Why do I say that? If my heart is pure, I will be much healthier than i should be. As it is, i war with the impurity in my heart. I struggle with it everyday. I am such a person referred to in v. 16: “…such people claim they know God but they deny Him with the way they live.” A person with an impure heart will be always stressed and tired. Why? Because their impure heart makes them think ill of others, grumpy, grouchy (this term i borrowed from Oscar of Sesame Street) proud, easily affected by the actions of others. The body grows tired of the efforts spent accommodating impurity.

If my heart is 100% pure, I would be a lot more content with what i have. I’m getting there but the fact is, Im still not there. I have to get there. I need contentment. I need to be happy and thankful with everything God gives me. I usually am, but there always come a time that my contentment is easily eroded with what i see from others. I get envious. I should always be reminded that all good things come from God. If i am not content, it means i am not thankful for what God has given me. And I have the audacity to call Him my God. The good thing is that He is  MY GOD! I can never deny it.

If my heart is pure I would have more friends than I have right now. Why? Because there are times that meeting new people illicit the impurity in my heart. I would be suspicious, embarrassed, shy or offended with a person that it robs me of the opportunity to welcome a new friend in my life.

A pure heart makes our attitude childlike which the Lord Jesus Christ loves. When we strive to be pure, in our hearts, minds or actions, we not only become a better person, we become closer to God.

For more information on purity, below is an excerpt from this site: http://www.realtime.net/~wdoud/topics/purity.html

The New Testament Greek word for purity is (katharos). It is found in several New Testament passage, notably in Titus 1:15, “Unto the pure all things are pure…” katharos is the usual Greek word for purity and was used for several types of purity in the Greek world: Ceremonial purity of a physical object, such as a vessel in a temple Ceremonial purity of a temple worshipper Purity in the spiritual nature of a person In the ancient world, ceremonial cleansing would have been by some ritual. In the New Testament, there is a deeper meaning: purity refers to the result of cleansing of the soul by God. In this context, purity is a characteristic of a believer in fellowship who has experienced the “cleansing from all unrighteousness” promised in 1 John 1:9 to the one who confesses sin to God.

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