Purity is holiness

2 Timothy 2:22, “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”

Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and it anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Recently, I was reminded of the importance of purity. I suppose this should be something that I keep at the forefront of my mind all of the time, not just when circumstances remind me. Really, if holiness and Christ-likeness is my ultimate goal, than purity must be also. The word “purity” itself is taken from the same Greek root as “holy”.  Who of us, as believers, have not heard that we are to be “holy yourselves also in all your behavior… ‘you shall be holy, for I Am holy.’ ” (1 Peter 1:15-16) ? One of God’s most prominent characteristics is His undeniable and consuming holiness. So, if we, who have been created in His image and have fallen from initial perfection, are to be like Him for His glory, we must pursue purity and holiness in all of our thoughts, words, and actions.

Both concepts of physical purity and spiritual purity have been attacked, ravaged, and desecrated by the world that we live in. Satan has placed in the world lies and deceit which have twisted the true meaning of purity to the point that almost no meaning and no standard exists. There are few, even among those in the church, who understand God’s standard of purity and holiness. This is why we must reject any and all council that comes from the world and rely on God’s Word, which reveals to us our Father’s (high) standards for purity. Psalm 119:9, “How can a young man (or young woman) keep his (her) way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.”

So, the first step is to hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we may know His standard and so that the Holy Spirit may use it to further sanctify and purify our hearts. Purity always begins as a heart condition which is softened towards God’s rules for holiness then acted out in thought word and action. Second, the mind is always ruled by what the heart desires. If the heart desires to be holy and pure as God is holy and pure, then the mind will dwell on the things that are holy and pure according to what God’s Word says is holy and pure. That means that we must “flee from youthful lusts” and dwell on “whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely”. Finally, this internal purity will come out. Every word and action will be defined by this inner holiness and desire for Christ-like purity. Have I considered my standards for purity in words, in actions, even apparel and attitude? The inner purity and holiness that is truly from Christ and is based upon what He has commanded in Scripture will always dictate what is manifested on the outside. May it become my utmost desire to be pure, to be holy, as my God and Savior is holy in heart motives and desires, in my every thought and intention, and in every word and action that occurs as a result.

1 John 3:2-3, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

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3 Responses to “Purity is holiness”
  1. alwayzhis says:

    I believe you said it all in this one sentence very nicely: “This is why we must reject any and all council that comes from the world and rely on God’s Word, which reveals to us our Father’s (high) standards for purity.”
    Very good post! thanks
    ~streim~

  2. Sierra says:

    This happens to be a subject that I feel very strongly about, so I might just expand on that a bit. Whether it is spiritual or physical, our one and only standard for purity should be God’s Word. For me, I am living in a world where I am constantly tempted to dwell on the sinful and impure things that are constantly thrown at us in movies, music, books, magazines, the press, etc. Not to mention, the standards of physical purity in our world (sex before marriage, adultery, homosexuality, etc.) are exactly opposite from what God’s Word tells us is pure (1 Cor 6:9-10, 1 Thess 4:3-7) This is why I believe it is so important that we rely upon God’s Word for all of our needs, including complete purity and holiness.
    Thanks so much for reading, by the way. All my readers keep me motivated to post on this blog, and it is such a blessing to know that God is using it to encourage others. 🙂 May He continually be praised!

  3. chioma says:

    I was blessed by this post. I agree with you, purity begins with a heart ready to fulfill the requirements of God

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