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Text Box: (Titus 1:15 NIV)  To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
(1 John 3:2-3 NIV)  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.  Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
(James 1:27 NIV)  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
(James 3:17 NIV)  But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
(Matthew 5:8 NIV)  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
(Romans 8:5 NIV)  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Text Box: Jesus, in Mathew 5:8, verbalized the next resultant of following In His Footsteps : Purity.
It is impossible to be purified apart from the blood of Jesus (Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 1:7).  The life you live in this world continually exposes you to impurity.  You fight impure thoughts, judgments, actions and feelings every single hour of every single day.  Your flesh is a very bad influence on you once youíve purified your soul.  Your flesh (bad characteristics = bad company) corrupts your morals (soul) 1 Corinthians 15:33.  
Your eyes are especially good at corrupting the rest of yourself.  If you have bad eyes (full of greed, lust and selfish desire) practically everything you do or think will be bad (Matthew 6:22-23)!  How, then, is it possible to keep yourself from the stain of sin?  Only the hope of redemption in Jesus can keep you pure (1 John 3:2-3)!  The moment your thoughts return to dwell on earthly things this hope is corrupted (James 1:27; 3:17).  That is why you must continue to renew your mind and dwell on that hope (Romans 8:5)!
The Scriptures attest to Godís purity and compares it to light (1 John 1:5-10).  Darkness is often compared to impurity throughout the Bible (1 John 2:8-11).  The only way we could ever imagine even being close to God is by being sanctified (rid of darkness) Psalm 15.  Jesus took our sin by becoming a sacrifice in place of us, so that darkness would no longer keep us away from God, but that we may have a living hope in His name (Hebrews 1:3; 2:10-11, 17).  
Without Jesus, we are hopeless.  Without His pure Words and Holy Spirit in us we are doomed.  Because the world has so much influence, our minds need to continually be renewed and rewashed (Titus 3:4-7) in order for us to be effective ministers (being salt and light) Matthew 5:13-14.  We need to be brainwashed from the worldly influence.
It is an amazing thing that the sun and the moon were both created in one day and they have been submitting to God since the beginning.  It takes a lifetime, however, for us to be recreated in the image of Christ and be loyal subjects to Him. Let your hope and assurance of eternal life in Him purify you from all unrighteousness!

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Text Box: Purity Promotes Love






How is purity obtained?Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.Paul, in this passage and in the next chapter, speaks of the wisdom of God.Can you gain this wisdom on your own?Does the world know this wisdom through its thoughts, theories and philosophies?Can the world obtain purity from evil through its wisdom?If you think yourself wise in your eyes, are you open to the wisdom God wants you to have (Also see Proverbs 26:12)?Read James 1:19-21.What should you be quick to do, to know about Godís wisdom?What should you be slow to do?Will your anger ever be right in Godís eyes?Should you accept Godís word spitefully?Read 1 Peter 1:22.How is purity obtained, by obeying truth or following your own brand of wisdom?Can you really have sincere love if you are not purified by obedience to Godís Word?Read John 8:21-32; 17:17.Read Hebrews 5:8-9.Read Acts 22:16; Acts 9:36-39.



Your purity is maintained by not perverting Godís doctrine.Read 2 Peter 1:3-4.Should you have a need to add anything else to Godís instructions and commands?Should you need to change an instruction because ďweíre living in different times nowĒ, or, ďthat command doesnít apply any moreĒ?†† Read 1 John 3:3; Titus 1:9-11; 2:1.Will any other hope keep you pure?Can something that had nothing to do with your purity in Christ keep you pure from the stain of sin?In order to do the work of an overseer, is it important to keep the doctrine free from individual or worldly opinions?What must the overseer do when someone opposes sound doctrine?What must be done with rebellious people who teach heresy?Read Colossians 3:16-17.What must dwell in you?Must it dwell richly or poorly?If Jesusí words dwell in you poorly, will you be able to teach and admonish with all wisdom through word or song?What motives must you have in whatever you do, whether in word or deed?Read 1 Peter 4:11.Whose words must come out of your mouth?What deeds must your flesh perform?Do you want to praise God in all things that youíre involved?Read 1 Timothy 6:3-4.



Some people confuse love and doctrine.They mistakenly believe that being obedient to doctrine doesnít promote love.They believe proper discipline is not in keeping with the kind of love Jesus teaches in the Bible.How wrong they are!As you will see from reading these Scriptures, proper love cannot even exist unless you are obedient to Godís Word and hold others accountable to it as well!Read 1 John 4:7-11; 1 John 2:2-6.Can you know God if you donít love?Can you love if you donít know God?How do you know God?If you are not obedient and yet you say you know God, what does that make you?How can love be made complete in you?Read 1 Corinthians 13:6.Does love excuse evil?Does love approve of evil?What does love do when faced with evil, does it correct it or allow it?Read Isaiah 8:18-22.Should you consult menís wisdom or counsel, having to do with scholarship or science, or should you consult Godís wordóHis Law and testimony?When people counsel you without Godís Word, are they like light?What becomes of those who only search and seek after worldly wisdom and counsel?Read Galatians 3:1.What was the mistake the Galatians were making?Were they walking by faith or by sight?Where does faith come from (Romans 10:17)?



By watching your life and doctrine closely you keep purity of life (1 Timothy 4:16).Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.What is your training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17) compared to?What does training involve?What did Paul do with his body so it wouldnít lead him to impurity?Read Romans 1:16.By whose power are you able to be saved?Read 2 Timothy 3:10-17.What fruits will a righteous life bear?Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-3.What fruit does an immature life bear?Read 1 John 2:16-17; John 7:17-18.What happenings when you attention turns to the world?Does righteousness come from the world?Will you find love or purity from the things in the world?How will you know when you are doing Godís will?How will you know whether Jesusí teachings are from God or from man?Read Romans 12:2.How will you learn to distinguish good from evil?Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.Who do you belong to?What kinds of things should you do with your body?Should you sell it by wearing skimpy clothing? Read 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 1 Peter 3:3-6.How should you use your clothing?Does purity come by advertising your body or by being a fashion statement?Does outward adornment, jewelry and calling attention to yourself promote the world or Christ?†† Read 2 Corinthians 7:1.



Even in our recreation we need to promote the purity of Christian living.Read 1 John 2:15; Galatians 5:19-21.Should the recreation and diversion we seek be the same one as the world seeks?Should there be a difference?What does most recreation of the world involve? Doesnít gambling, clubbing, certain types of dancing, certain TV shows, some movies and even mixed swimming promote some of the sins listed in Scripture?Read 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Ephesians 5:3. What must you avoid?Should you accept activities that are even remotely questionable?Corrupt employment in some entertainment and alcohol/tobacco companies is also a way of getting caught up with impurity and being distracted from your life in Christ (Colossians 3:1-9; Matthew 6:33).Repentance of these things is what will purify you.Read Galatians 6:1; Ezekiel 3:18-21; 1 Corinthians 5:4-13.What must you do if your brother/sister is involved in any of these things?What if they choose to remain involved in questionable activities and promote them?Read 2 Timothy 4:3; Revelation 2:5.Be eager to keep yourself pure and pleasing to God!


Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. ó1 Timothy 4:12


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