PURER THAN DOVE SOAP
Dove soap markets its cleansing bar as being 99.44% pure. When thinking about cleaning up, such purity is important to germ-conscious people. What’s in it that causes the other 56/100ths not to be pure? I used to wonder about that.
Purity is important in more than just our cleaning products. It’s vitally important in life. In 1 Timothy 5, Paul directed Timothy regarding instructions he needed to give to churches and Christians. Paul also directed him as to how he should live his own life. Among those personal instructions Paul said, do not “take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure” (1 Tim. 5:22).
Sin is all around us today. Lately, we have been inundated with news about inappropriate behavior by many leaders and other well-known people. But the powerful and famous aren’t the only ones who commit sin. Corruption infects the lives of folks from all parts of society (Rom. 3:23). Paul’s admonition on purity to Timothy continues, “The sins of some men are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden” (1 Tim. 5:24-35).
The command for personal purity is for every one of us. We MUST keep ourselves pure in such a dirty world. Are we conspicuous? With what, our sins or with our good works?
Purity in Thought
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil. 4:8). Our thoughts are far more valuable than a penny. “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22).
Purity in Action
Paul also told Timothy (1 Tim. 4:12), “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Timothy’s conduct and purity was meant to be seen by others. Do our words, actions, love, faith and purity provide a proper example? Popular culture ridicules morality in movies, books, television shows, etc. But being pure is what God wants from us. In Titus 2:5, older women are to teach younger women to “be self-controlled, pure….”
Purity with Others
Men are to treat women with purity. “Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters” (1 Tim. 5:2). Marriage is the only relationship in which sexual passions are to be fulfilled (read and memorize Heb. 13:4 and 1 Cor. 7:2).
“So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Rom. 13:12-14).
Think on these things!