66. Purity

Stan picked up the jar of jam that was sitting on the table, looked at it, and said, “Boy, that is what I want to be!”

“What are you talking about Stan?”

“It says ‘one hundred percent pure.’  That’s what I want to be.”

“Think it will happen?” I asked.

“Not on this side of eternity,” Stan responded, “but that is no reason not to make that my goal while I am still here.”

“You, know,” I said, “I sometimes think about that too, but I fail so often I tend to think what’s the use in trying.”

“When you think like that,” Stan countered, “you are headed in the wrong direction and you are delighting Satan.”

Continuing, he said, “I know all about feeling like a spiritual failure.  It has happened more times that I care to admit, but every time I fail and confess that failure, God picks me up, dusts me off, bandages my wounds, and sets me back on His path towards purity.”

“He wants me to have pure thoughts, pure motives, and pure actions.  And He will do all that is necessary if I will just ask Him.”

“Perfect purity is not attainable in our fallen world, but every step in that direction pleases God.”

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How can a young man keep his way pure?  By keeping it

 according to God’s word.  Psalm 119:9.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how difficult it is for me to keep my way pure.  You know my heart and my desire to be pure in all of my thoughts, words, and actions.  I give you all of my failings and shortcomings and ask you to move in and through me in exact accord with your will.  Amen.

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