by Rich Wooten

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Series: Get a Grip
Richard Wooten
Philippians 4:8

As you walked in tonight, you should have received a glass bead.

Purity is a very big subject to tackle in one evening. There are so many avenues to discuss, so many variations on the theme to consider. One trail will lead to another, and we may find ourselves far away from the heart of the matter.

So, some foundation work:

Purity itself, as a concept, is not limited to one activity or behavior. It has ramifications throughout the dynamic of human behavior. There is a drive for purity in many areas of experience:

pure ideals
pure driving experience
pure expressions of government
pure water

So, purity is not limited to a Christian concept or ideal.

But the Christian concept of purity is deeper in its scope. This is due to the fact that purity is much more than just an ideal or aspiration. It truly is a core standard that we should live by - kind of a vision or value that is unshakable.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, 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.

Philippians speaks of active thought life - another verse in the Bible speaks of ''taking every thought captive'', this is active, not passive. Pure thoughts, then, are to be actively pursued, not passively relied upon. It takes work to think pure.

1 John 3:2-3 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

Purity is also tied to hope. What is the motivation for purity? John explains it from the perspective of eternity. Pu-rity should be sought after because of our relationship with Christ and the outcome potential of our life. God is pure - therefore we ...

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