"PURE"- 1) Free from Contamination; 2) Containing nothing unnecessary; 3) Without faults; 4) Full-strength. Free from impurities.
1) Is there something or someone in my life that is destructive to my relationship with God?
2) Does this situation keep me from having a life of purity?
"There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every (woman).
When I was a young girl, I thought my parents were very strict and in some ways they were. However, looking back on the way I was raised, I deeply admire my parents' ability to exhibit a great deal of wisdom raising my sister and me.
If there was one rule in my parents' house that held sway above all others it was this - "Tell the truth." My mother and dad had no tolerance for lying. Big lies. Little lies. White lies. It didn't matter - we were taught to tell the truth - period.
Being a kid and trying to press the limits of my parent's boundaries, I learned very fast that the "lying" boundary could not be breached. In fact, to make their point, my parents came up with this disciplinary action - if you told the truth, no matter how heinous your behavior, you would not be punished. However, if you lied about something - the punishment would double.
I am going to tell you - neither my sister nor I ever received double punishment. For not only did the "tell the truth" slogan stick in our minds - it was imbedded in our hearts.
As an adult, I have found that even "shading" the truth carries a terrible consequence. The seed God has planted in our hearts called a conscience will call, holler, and even scream to get our attention. As Harper Lee stated in the groundbreaking film, To Kill a Mockingbird "Conscience is the one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule." And I might add, Fred Van Amburgh is right when he states: "Conscience is the most perfect mirror ever made - the one looking glass that can't be broken."
If you don't believe this is true, look no further than King David. It seems this man who longed for purity in his life fell into a trap that catches all of us unexpectedly. It was not all the problems David faced from King Saul that clobbered him. Instead, it was a life filled with success. Think about that for a moment.
When David was running for his life and hiding in the mountains, God was his source of strength, his shelter in a time of storm.
But then, after being coroneted as the King of Israel; after multiple successes in battle defeating his enemies; after having women fall at his feet and men shout his praises from the rooftops; David went home to his royal palace basking in the adoration of a grateful nation.
And late one evening, this powerful man, with time on his hands, standing on the roof of his home, looked out over the city he loved, Jerusalem, and his eyes fell on a bathing beauty named Bathsheba. A woman with a gorgeous body and a man with nothing to do! Need I say more? And in David's case, instead of following God's plan for his life…he decided to follow the desire of his heart. I must add - although the king had power over his subjects, Bathsheba could have said, "No." Sadly, she didn't and we will never know what miracle God would have performed in her behalf if she, too, had done what she knew was right. A few months later, the consequences of a night of passion were all too evident. Bathsheba was pregnant.
And here's where the story goes downhill fast. David begins to pile one lie upon another until he resorts to murder to keep his "sin" under wraps.
I am certain when David was facing Goliath and asking the army of Israel, "Is there not a cause?" he could never have imagined that, in just a few short years, he would murder to cover up a lie! But he did!
Thank the Lord, the seed planted to call us to repentance, the voice of conscience, began to call David back to the God who loved him even when he turned his back on that God.
Through the voice of the prophet, Nathan, and a story of a rich man and a poor man, God called David back to the life of purity He had in His original plan for David's life.
Nathan began his appeal to David with this story:
There came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared taking his own flock and from his own herd to cook for the wayfaring man, but took the poor man's lamb, and cooked it for the man who came to him." (II Samuel 12: 4, K.J.V.)
Here comes the conscience. David's conscience awoke. "And David's anger was greatly kindled against the rich man saying...this man should surely die." (II Samuel 12: 5, K.J.V.)
Nathan with the candor of a person with truth on their side said to David: ‘Thou art the man!" (II Samuel 12: 7, K.J.V.)
Truth was unveiled in the house of David.
As sad as this story is, the honesty of the Biblical record in showing us the strengths and weaknesses of humans like you and I serves as a lighthouse, warning us and guiding us safely into the harbor of God's love.
How thankful I am that God calls us back to truth…He calls us to a life of purity…He calls us through the voice of conscience.
God's question for us today is: "Will you listen when I call?"
"Whenever conscience speaks with a divided, uncertain, and disputed voice, it is not the voice of God. Descend still deeper into yourself, until you hear nothing but a clear, undivided voice, a voice which does away with doubt and brings with it persuasion, light, and serenity."
Henri F. Amid
"He is our God, we are His people…today if you hear His voice, drop everything and listen."
Psalm 95: 7, The Message
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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