February 12, 2012

Pure Living

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- February 12, 2012

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according
to your word.”  Psalm 119:9

God’s Word is a filter for pure living. His Word extracts the sediment of selfish living. It is a purifier. Without the purifying effect of the Word, we become polluted in our thinking and distasteful with our words. Everything about us becomes soiled by sin. Sin is dirty—it stains our lives. But, the Word of God can remove sin’s stains and clean us up. Clean living is the way to go. It frees you from guilt and unshackles you from the complexities sin creates.

Adultery is complicated: It ravages relationships and pollutes some families for a lifetime. Lying is complicated: You have to remember and cover up more than you are capable of covering. It is a messy web of deceit. The same happens when other areas of our lives are not kept clean. Without proper physical hygiene we begin to smell, and there is a good chance that we will contract an illness. Impure physical living is not healthy.

Any mechanical equipment, if left on its own, overtime, will operate less efficiently at best. If maintenance is chronically ignored, it will eventually shut down. The same is true for our home or car. If either is cluttered with stuff, disorganized, and dirty, it becomes a distraction. Both car and home left unclean are not pleasant places to occupy. Left unattended and uncared for, they both deteriorate into junk filled, trashy environments instead of the inviting environments they once were.

Our lives can follow this same downward spiral if we are not constantly cleansed by God’s Word. We need a daily “bath” in God’s Word to prevent us from becoming smelly to Him and others. We need to emit the pleasant aroma of righteousness rather than the rank smell of sin. We need inviting lives. The application of God’s Word is the critical piece of pure living. You can listen to it being taught and never change. You can talk about it and still remain captive to bad habits and attitudes. You can even study it, memorize it and meditate on it, but allow it to feed your pride instead of your humility.

Knowing and understanding God’s Word does not guarantee pure living. However these are necessary steps. If humility and forgiveness are infiltrating your life more and more, you know that you are on the right track. If the character of Christ is engulfing your behavior more and more, you are on the road of purity. A pure life means you are able to see God for who He is. He is high and lifted up, holy and majestic. He is your heavenly Father, full of grace and compassion, waiting for you ever so patiently. God can be clearly distinguished through the lens of pure eyes.

Purity does not mean perfection or some pseudo-spirituality. It means honesty in acknowledging your need to come clean with God and people. It is not hiding secret sins of lust and emotional attraction for someone other than your spouse. Purity is not slithering around the dark corner of sin. Rather, purity results as you “sunbathe” in the bright rays of accountability. People know your defects and your strengths. There are no surprises. You are real and receptive to the correction, teaching, and even the rebuke of God and others. Purity implies the removal of impurities. This may or may not be an easy process.

However, if purity is exercised consistently, impurity buildup is minimal. If the buildup is minimal, then the shame and embarrassment of unclean living can be kept at bay. Both young and old can enjoy pure living. Like taking a hot shower after a hard day’s work in the yard, you become refreshed and revitalized. You smell sweet, and people are attracted to your life. Pure living is fueled by the Word of God, so learn it and live it!

Taken from Dose 84 in the 90-day devotional book, “Infusion”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

Post/Tweet this today: God’s Word is a filter for pure living. #Bible


  1. surfercajun says:

    Thank you so much for the daily reminder. The hardest thing I did was to tell my spouse about my emotional attraction to another. THAT was so hard. I did however make a promise to NEVER to it again. When I did I felt freedom. It was my life when living in Christ that attracted that person to me and I began to turn it unto something unholy. May Christ continue to live in me and become an attractive *light* for someone else to want to follow Christ. Thank you for reading.

  2. Paul Mencke says:

    Your best words yet. Very true. Keep up the good work.

  3. Thank you for all the wonderful messages..I also have learned that through daily reading from the Bible and prayer(I call it talking to God)has helped me tremendously but there are days when I fail miserably. Confessing my sins and knowing God forgives, I can start out with a feeling of freedom and pray that I will do better next time.

  4. cbd vape oil says:

    I am the manager of JustCBD brand (justcbdstore.com) and I am currently aiming to grow my wholesale side of business. I am hoping anybody at targetdomain share some guidance ! I thought that the very best way to do this would be to reach out to vape companies and cbd stores. I was really hoping if anybody at all could recommend a trusted web-site where I can buy CBD Shops Business Email Addresses I am already considering creativebeartech.com, theeliquidboutique.co.uk and wowitloveithaveit.com. Not exactly sure which one would be the most suitable option and would appreciate any advice on this. Or would it be much simpler for me to scrape my own leads? Ideas?

  5. единственный гарантированный способ и услуга ликвидация ООО тема знакома каждому директору фирмы

  6. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  7. bookmarked!!, I love your site!

  8. Aw, this was a really nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get anything done.

  9. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be exciting to read through articles from other writers and use something from their websites.

  10. You have made some really good points there. I looked on the internet for additional information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.

  11. Trevor Tynes says:

    This is the perfect blog for everyone who would like to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject that’s been written about for ages. Wonderful stuff, just great!

  12. SEO Consult says:

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article! It’s the little changes that will make the biggest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

  13. Great article. I’m facing some of these issues as well..

  14. Webs Noogie says:

    This is a topic that is near to my heart… Take care! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  15. I really like reading through an article that can make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  16. Primato says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely think this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

  17. Dvm Bali says:

    Howdy, I do believe your website could be having browser compatibility problems. When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, fantastic blog!

  18. Hi! I simply want to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent information you have got here on this post. I am coming back to your web site for more soon.

Comments are closed.

Recent Posts