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Aug 23, 2017 by Katie Bruce

How Purity Leads Us Into The Fullness Of Life With Christ

Purity has been a topic that has been on my mind for months now. It doesn’t just mean not having sex until you are married. It means so so much more. Purity is something that this world seems to be seriously lacking and us as Christians can lack this purity mindset too. It is easy to let the normalities of our culture set a standard for our way of thinking.

Katie Bruce

Katie is a writer and blogger at katiebonline. She is also a graphic design and illustration student, an artist, a follower of Jesus Christ and a youth leader. In her spare time, you will find Katie painting/drawing, at the gym and eating a Vegan diet.

Purity according to Google means, “freedom from contamination” or “freedom from immorality, especially of a sexual nature”. Other words that can be used to describe purity are, “Cleanness, lack of pollution, untainted, healthiness, honesty and goodness”. As Christians or once we become Christians God says we are to be ‘pure’ of heart, mind and soul.

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2a

“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:22,23 

I like to look at ‘purity’ like a fresh glass of water. Before water is treated in a reservoir and eventually flows out of our taps it is ‘contaminated’. It carries a lot of harmful bacteria, minerals, viruses, diseases, germs and most of us if we drank it would probably become quite sick over time. Our drinking water is collected in a big reservoir where it is ‘treated’ or purified by extracting the harmful elements and adding in some good elements to make the water better. By the time it reaches our taps it is pretty fresh, clean and safe to drink. We could even go a step further and filter it ourselves with a special filter jug. This illustration is like us as sinners we are contaminated with sin. Not pure and not spiritually healthy. We have a lot of bad elements floating around in our minds and hearts. But what Jesus does when we become a Christian and accept him into our lives is to begin to ‘purify’ us.

If we allow Jesus He is going to be continually doing this purifying process in us making us ready to ‘drink'(For eternity with Him and for our calling here on this earth to bring the Gospel to others). When Jesus begins to purify us He will start to take the jealousy, anger, bitterness, lust, greed, vanity and pride etc. out of our hearts and as time goes on we will become more spiritually healthy. BUT here is the key: We have to be part of the process allowing Jesus to do this in us. We can help make it easier by bringing our sinful natures before God each day and doing our best in making the right decisions to stay pure before Christ. In the verse below the bible tells US to purify ourselves with the help of the Lord.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 

We are also like the purified water that travels through copper pipes to get to our taps. It picks up some bacteria and germs along its way and depending on how much of the world we allow ourselves to ‘conform’ to or let into our hearts and minds means we can become spiritually contaminated again or slow down the process of becoming ‘clean’ too.

This means we then need to be careful of everything we do and what or who we allow to influence our lives. This includes what we allow ourselves to find acceptable. We need to guard our eyes against lustful images, respect men and women (their bodies and minds), watch how we dress, be careful what music we listen to, books we read, places we go, the friends we keep, keep sex for marriage, continue to forgive, help others and depend on Jesus for His help everyday at a time. All of this comes more naturally the more and more you begin to fall in love with Jesus. Because the more we fall in love with Jesus and spend time with Him the more we become naturally like Him.

Just like adding the extra elements to the water to make it clean Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit inside us when we become a Christian to help us do all these things. We can also fill our minds with the word of God (bible) and with prayer. God says that we already have victory over this world through Jesus Christ and that we are conquerers in Him. So no matter how many times we mess up or fall short we will always have the victory with Jesus!

“You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4 

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b 

Lastly, the purpose of purity is to make us ‘healthy’ in Christ so we can function with full efficiency and be ‘fresh’ energising water to others. God pulled us out of this contaminated world to be different, to transform us into a new creation. One that is now connected to heaven to where the living water flows from, Jesus.

We are no longer creatures designed for this earth but designed for an eternity in heaven. That is why we are to fill our minds with the things of heaven. If you feel like you have become spiritually contaminated in some way or that you have let things into your heart and mind that shouldn’t be there. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and for His help to purify you again. He is always ready to forgive and always loves you no matter what you say or do.

This article was written by Katie Bruce and originally appeared at her blog. Find it here


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