#2023 – What Is Pure

Good morning people who choose to think about what honours others

It’s time to think about whatever is true, noble and right. It’s also time to think about whatever is pure.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Oh how we need a resurgence of purity in our world today! Oh how we need a resurgence of purity in the Church today!

We live in a highly sexualized world. Unfortunately, if you are breathing, you will see and hear things that are not pure – no one can fully escape this (with the possible exception of those who live in monasteries or convents).

There are a couple of things I want to mention here.

Firstly, many of us can do more to minimize what we see and hear. The truth is we don’t need to flick through the TV late at night, carelessly surf the net, go into that Newsagency, listen to that music or watch that movie…(you fill in your own blank here). It’s time to be wiser in our choices. This starts with being more honest with our motivation; “Why are we really doing this?” Much of what we see and hear can be avoided.

Secondly, when we innocently see or hear anything that is not pure (and there are many degrees of this, but you know what is not ‘helpful or beneficial’), we have a choice if we will think about it. It’s time to quickly redirect our thinking to whatever is pure. It’s time to take responsibility for the next second or two, both in thought and action.

Here’s a great verse to meditate on today:

1 Timothy 5:1-2 (NIV) Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

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