READ : Ephesians 5:8-20
Most people would be reluctant to be called “pure.” Some, because purity is so hard to attain; others, because it is better than they want to be. However, God desires us to be pure.
God is holy and he wants his children to be holy. God reminds us that impure persons will not inherit eternal life. This does not mean that the gift of heaven is offered only to those who are without sin. But it does say that people of faith seek to be pure out of gratitude and honor to God for the new life he gives them.
The heart of each of us is a mixture of good and evil. We need the light of God to drive out the darkness of distortion within us. Alexander Solzhenitsyn said:
If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
For this reason we need to be forgiven by Christ who willingly cleanses us from sin. God’s forgiven people, who love him more than anything else, desire to be pure, moral and righteous.
O Lord, help us to be as pure as you are. In Jesus’ name. Amen.