by: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).
“Keep yourself pure: (1 Timothy 5:22).
“Whatsoever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
“Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19).
“Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).
Surely no one would question the fact that we live in a world where sin is all around us. No wonder the Bible says, “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” or “in wickedness” (1 John 5:19). Sins of all kinds of immorality, pornography, nudity, crime, sensuality, drugs, alcohol, etc., are all around us.
It is nothing short of tragic to think of the temptations in our world that people, and especially children are confronted with each day. We study history in the Bible as well as secular history of the wickedness and filthy morals of the first century Roman Empire, Corinth, etc., that surely could not be worse than our world today.
The urgent need today is to live pure lives for Jesus as the Bible teaches. But our world seems to have become overwhelmed with the works of the flesh that are condemned at Galatians 5:19-21. The sanctity and beauty of marriage as revealed in the Bible is threatened by homosexual behavior, adultery, same-sex marriage, and nonchalant attitudes concerning the monumental divorce rate. The modest demanded by the Lord is mocked by people that thrill to indecency and vulgarity (1 Timothy 2:9-12).
Instead of abstaining from evil and departing from iniquity it seems many people just see how close they can live with sin.
In additional to scriptures about purity, we should think of the words in the song that states, “Purer in heart, O God, help me to be.”