Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, in purity.
Let us start by stating that every revealed word of God carries spiritual virtue necessary for and able to cause or enforce changes, and one of those changes has to do with purity. As a child of God, you must bear in mind that purity, kingdom purity, is not just a spiritual state but a display of character. We ought to display the work of purity that has been done in our Spirits. It ought to be manifest in our character and lifestyle. It does not matter much that you are anointed or possess some Spiritual gift or the other. Without walking in purity, all these other gifts will only be a shadow and we know chasing shadows is one of the worst ways for a man or woman to waste time and miss destiny fulfilment. God is the only substance and we are called to fellowship with Him. This means walking in purity. The purity of Spirit, Soul and Body.
In the old covenant, the emphasis was on what man did. Though God looked at the heart then, the people were thought to work out purity based on what they did. It was part of their ritual. For them, walking in purity meant observing certain rules and regulations. No doubt it proved to be such a burden, one they could hardly carry. The focus was on morality. Purity is simply the emptying out of sin, and this is what God’s Israel tried to accomplish through the law.
The case of every child of God, born of the Spirit, is different and indeed opposite. While they took actions to attain purity, our actions flow from the fact that we have been made pure through the blood of our dear Lord Jesus. We are called to live out what we really are.
… so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
Believers are God’s sanctified people, washed in the blood of the lamb. The Lord our God who gave birth to us in purity has commanded us to live and walk in purity. To practice that purity that we have been brought to. We were made pure by faith in the work of Jesus Christ our Lord.
He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
Our hearts were purified and washed clean the day we decided to trust in Jesus for the salvation of our souls. At that instant, we were purified from every sin we had ever committed. Then we were given a charge to keep that purity. Remember we are betrothed to Jesus who is the bridegroom of the church. Shall we defile ourselves before the marriage is consummated? God forbid!
We are going to live right and walk in purity as we continue to look upon the eternal word of life and put our trust in him daily. Our lives are a display of our beliefs and those beliefs can only be changed by looking into the word of God. We live out what we believe in. The word is water that constantly washes us clean and light that shows us the way of purity, that we may walk in it.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he may cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
It is the desire of God that we walk in purity. God is holy and those who will have a close and intimate fellowship with him must walk in purity. Christians also ought to bear in mind that we are the Lord’s epistle to the world. Those who are yet unsaved would be transformed when we actually live out the life of Christ before them.
It is not something far from our reach. The enemy has deceived many to fall for the lie that living according to God’s standards is too difficult and is only an idea which cannot be actualized. Nothing could be further from the truth. For those who are without God (who have not received the life of Christ and his precious Spirit), it is not just difficult for them to live according to God’s standards. It is impossible. However, for the child of God, obeying his commandments (walking in purity being one of them), is not difficult because we are by nature born to be holy and pure.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
The last part of the verse above says something remarkable… the commandments of God are not grievous. That means they are not difficult to obey or burdensome. This is the truth we must have about God and his commandments. He is not out to make our lives miserable and unbearable. Whatever he asked us to do, He has first enabled us to do it. The totality of all commandments are summarized in this one statement; love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength and love your neighbour as yourself. Those who love have fulfilled every commandment because love works no ill against his neighbour. The best part of it is that we have been empowered to walk in love. The love of God is already given to us.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Love and we are born of him. We are born of Love. The same love keeps us within certain boundaries. Helps us live in the fear of God which results in purity.
2 Corinthians 5:14
For the love of Christ constraineth us…
The love we have received by virtue of our birth keeps us from missing the mark. From going astray. It keeps us in perspective. Hallelujah!! that is the glory of having God live in you. You are empowered to walk in purity of spirit, soul and body. Walk on in Victory.
If you have not received the life of Jesus Christ, we would love for you to trust in Him and receive His life by confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior over your spirit, soul and body. Make this prayer wholeheartedly.
PRAYER FOR SALVATION
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your son. Your word declares, whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. I call on you to forgive my sins and I believe that Jesus Christ is your son and that He died for my salvation. I confess Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I receive eternal life now into my spirit. Thank you, Lord, for saving me.
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