Key Verse: Verse 22 - “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”
Key Words: keep thyself pure
I read recently about two students who were walking along a street in the White Chapel district of London, a section where both old and new clothes were sold. One suddenly said to the other, “What a fitting illustration all of this makes!” as he pointed to a suit of clothes hanging on the rack by a window. A sign read “Slightly Soiled – Greatly Reduced in Price.” “That’s it!” he continued. “We get soiled by gazing at vulgar pictures, reading a coarse book, or even indulging in dishonest practices, and lustful thoughts; and so, when it comes time for our character to be evaluated, we are greatly reduced in price.”
Slight deviations from the path of righteousness greatly reduce our value to God and our fellow man. In fact, these secret sins can weaken our character so that when we face a moral crisis, we cannot stand the test, and we face spiritual defeat.
After a violent storm, a large tree, which over the years had become a stately giant, was found lying across the pathway in a park. Nothing but a splintered stump was left. Close examination showed that it was rotten at the core because thousands of insects had eaten away at its heart. The weakness of that tree was not brought on by the storm; the storm simply revealed the weakness that already existed deep within the heart of the tree. So it is in our life - storms and trials don’t make us weak, they simply reveal the weakness that is already there because of sin in our lives.
I trust today that you are living a pure and clean life before God. If not, confess your sin (I John 1:9) and begin living for God today.
What to do:
✞ Stay away from compromising situations.
✞ Decide to live pure and dedicate yourself everyday to purity.
✞ Do not befriend impure people.
✞ Pray for purity daily; pray for purity for your family.
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