To be pure before the Lord is the ideal situation for every Christian to look forward to. In Christian circles, purity brings us closer to God. It is by purity that a believer recognizes the glory of God.
To be pure is to be free from blame. And this is attainable in a Christian life. Believers must be innocent of any kind of accusation. As it is written in 1st Timothy 5:22, “Never to take part in the sins of others.” The greater emphasis of this scripture is in Psalms 1:1, which says “Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
This is the beginning of being pure, for any serious minded Christian, to get away from sin, to the best of one’s ability, realizing of course that the one who can bring purity out of an impure person is Christ Jesus, the Son of God, Almighty Jehovah Jireh (Acts 9:1-6).
Our role as humanity is to exercise humility to the commands of God, obey them and recognize our own weaknesses, which can be the entry point of sin, contaminating what is supposed to be our desired holy life. We should always strive to close those entries by changing our character for better and this can be done by prayer. In the book of Titus 1:15-16, it says “Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure.
But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and conscience are corrupted. Such people claim to know God, but they deny Him by the way the live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.” In some people where sin has a strong hold, to them purity is not easy to come by.
We already know that unbelief is sin; therefore, nothing that is holy can come from a heart that does not believe in the existence of our Father, God Almighty, His Son Jesus Christ our Saviour. Purity of the heart, separates us from those who do not believe in our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus. Purity is the dividing line between the Godly and the unbelieving.
To be pure is another important responsibility of a Christian in a sinful world as stated in Philippines 2:14-15, which says “Do everything without complaining or arguing, as that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky, as you offer them the message of life.”
To argue and complain when we are called upon to perform any function within the realm of the Kingdom of God is a kind of impurity of the heart, which requires change for the better. Purity of the heart is required of any believer as we carry out any kind of function in our Christian life, be it preaching, teaching, counseling, healing and many more others. A pure heart will improve our workability, which is the quality of workmanship. And purity will help nonbelievers to be in the Kingdom of God. An impure heart will cause friction and this is unchristian.
Holy messages which come from God, should not be defiled by the impurity of the heart by those who preach such messages. Our impure hearts will not make it easy for us to win more souls to Christ Jesus, who is our Lord and Saviour, Son of God, but a pure heart will give us the confidence to reach out to other people of the world as the Holy Spirit will direct, in the service of the Lord God Almighty. Purity of heart is necessary for us believers, so as to have approval of the people who are to receive Godly messages for their own attainment of eternal life, which comes only by God’s grace.
This is as it is written in Mathew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore …” we should be of good example by living a Christ like life in a world of sin and corruption. This is our great challenge as believers in our Lord and Saviour God Almighty. Surely, it is not complicated to be pure before the Lord God Almighty, we should just play our role of obedience to our Lord God Almighty and the rest will be taken care of by our Father God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ.
According to Exodus 19:14, Moses consecrated the people of Israel, before they met our Lord God Almighty on Mount Sinai. The washing of their bodies, getting them physically and spiritually ready to meet their God, Jehovah Jireh.
The act of washing and preparing served to get their minds ready to meet their Lord and Father God Almighty the Most High. As we prepare to meet our Lord and Father God the Most High, Jehovah Jireh through prayer and worship, we should avoid routine activities and pre-occupations of everyday life, in order to consecrate ourselves by washing ourselves spiritually and physically ready for the divine occasion. In Exodus 19:15, Moses told the people of Israel to get ready on the third day, and until then to abstain from having sexual intercourse, even among couples.
It is a great lesson for us from Moses the great man of God, which at certain times of the year, believers, men or women, should abstain from sexual activities, when in prayer. Remember, this is not just sexual immorality, we have got to avoid, but that is between wives and husbands.
This is one way of purifying ourselves. It is entirely up to believers to decide when and what time to give up or abstain from sexual intercourse as a measure to be pure before meeting the Lord, Father, God Almighty. As we pray and prepare to meet God, it is of importance that we ask God to grant us a pure heart (Psalms 86:11). A pure heart honours and pleases God.
Believers should not only be pure before the Lord God Almighty, but as well as before colleagues we meet in everyday life. Our colleagues also certify to our Godly behavior. It is our purity of the heart that will build our Christ like character, which will ultimately inspire non-believers to seek Jesus Christ and encourage our fellow believers to look to God for salvation.
In 2nd Samuel 22:26-27, the bible says; “to the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity, you show integrity. (27) To the pure, you show yourself pure. But to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.” Judgment day is coming when punishment will be meted out to those who will not be pure before the Lord. Evil people are to be destroyed. God destroys those that are evil. It is therefore up to us as believers to remain of greatest integrity before the Most High.
This is what our God demands of us. What is genuine is what is pure. The Holy Bible cannot demand purity from believers when in fact it is impossible to attain purity. God only demands of us what we can attain. What we are able to do. There is no failure if we are to allow the Holy Spirit to work in ourselves spiritually.
Purity means to be upright in all mattes of our Lord God Almighty. To be pure is to be guiltless. In Mathew 5:8, the bible says; “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God, “As said before, to be pure is to be Godly. Without purity of the heart, it would be very difficult to see God. A person who is not pure is partly identified by what is written in the book of Galatians 5:19. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanliness, lasciviousness, idolatry. Witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envy, murder, drunkenness, reveling and such like; of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in the past, which they do such things shall never inherit the Kingdom of God.”
To be in the Kingdom of God, is to allow the spirit of God to dwell in our hearts (Revelations 3:20-21), only therefore a pure heart can allow the Holy Spirit to be part of that Temple of God. According to Galatians 5:22, which says “But the fruits of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such, there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh and live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit, let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Purity of heart is a must for a believer who wants to ultimately meet God.
A pure heart must go for chastity other than lasciviousness. A pure heart should look for patience and gentleness than lewd emotions, which are vicious and wicked. A pure heart is illuminating. Amen!