Do You Want to be Pure??????

There's something about the word "pure" that seems so unattainable.

The dictionary gives these synonyms for the word:

unmixed, unadulterated, unalloyed, uncontaminated, untainted, unstained, undefiled, untarnished, immaculate, unpolluted, uncorrupted. modest, virtuous, undefiled

God must have loved the thought of pure things when He commanded over and over again in the Old Testament that every part of the temple be made with pure gold.  Then again in the New Testament, He had Matthew record these words from the very mouth of Jesus,.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God
.

Matt. 5:8

I want to see God someday, don't you?

I want to stand before Him spotless.

So how do I do this when I know deep inside how tarnished and stained I am from past mistakes?

In Philippians 2:14-16, listen to what Paul says,

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

Wow. Does Paul really say that to become blameless and pure, I need to quit grumbling and arguing?

Really?

It sounds simple.

And yet, I think about just yesterday when I found myself so irritated with two of my kids and then grumbled about their behavior to a friend.

I remember a few days ago when I stirred up a silly argument with Tim over frustrations about things that need to be done to the house...things that I know don't matter in the scheme of life.

And I'm humbly reminded that it's not as simple as it sounds to let go of bad habits.

I want to be blameless and pure.

So, today I am claiming this verse in a powerful way.

When my mouth opens, I want the words that come out to be pleasant and kind.  I want to see the best, think the best, and be the best I can be even if the situation I find myself in isn't the one I would have chosen for that moment in my life.

Yes, I'm sure I'll slip along the way.  But I'm going to try.  I'm so thankful that Paul uses the phrase "become blameless and pure," because this reminds me that it is a process not just an overnight reality.

I want to become blameless and pure.

I'm thankful that God has high expectations.

He stretches me every day,

 



5 Comments:

Blogger Sandy said...

So convicted this morning with your post. No grumbling man why couldn't you have written about thou shall not murder I'm good with that one but no grumbling that one I have to work on...now. Thanks Tammy.

Blogger Jen said...

And that is why the shed blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. No other way but by the power of His spirit in us can we become pure and holy. We are human, need to keep short accounts with a God who is quick to forgive and loves us. Today was reading in 1 John about the God who LAVISHES love on us. I think that is tremendous. We can never by our own striving become blameless and pure but only because God sees us through Jesus, does he see us that way.

Anonymous Tammy said...

Sandy, I'm with you! We'll be working on this at the same time! I love you!

Jen, You are always so full of great thoughts and wisdom! I'd love to fly to Australia just to hug you! :)

Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh so conviciting. And such a timely post for me today - thanks. I so want to be pure...blamelessa and spotless.

Thinking about you today - and sending you a hug.

Blogger natalie said...

Tammy,

God is really working on me as I read thru Phil. Lately I have been in a grumbly mood. I am really going to try to work on this one!

Much love,

natalie

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