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Pure spring water, pure coffee, pure yoga-- it's true, purity sells. However, is it catching on in the substance of our lives? Image by PMC 1stPix via Flickr

Pure spring water, Pure coffee, Pure tea, Pure fitness drink, Pure marketing, Pure yoga, Pure insurance—It’s one of those names people want on their product or service.  However, not a lot of people seem to want it in their life.

One definition of pure is “free from dust, dirt or taint,” then it has in parenthesis, pure spring water.  OK, if it is pure spring water like right from the spring, it’s bound to have a few things in it. I mean isn’t that what makes it spring water?

Whether it’s pure spring water or advertised as pure something else, I tend to look at that name skeptically.  Actually, I’m one of those people that questions everything.  I can understand not believing an advertisement for something pure but, I cannot understand those who don’t want purity in their life.

Pure as the driven snow, pure as a baby’s skin, pure as a lamb, “so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky,”  (Philippians 2:15, GNT).

Why is purity so important to God?  In the Old Testament when gold for the temple,  a symbol of God’s dwelling place (which today is the heart of those who have accepted him), is mentioned, it is pure gold.  Why? Why does that matter?

God loves purity.  He loves to surround himself with purity.  So do people.  I think that’s the same reason items with “pure” in the name sell.  People want purity in others but, they do not want what it takes to incorporate it in their own lives.

Those who have chosen to live a pure and chaste life until marriage are becoming outnumbered in today’s society.  Many think if they have slipped, they are done for, toast, straight to hell. That is furthest from the truth. God loves purity but, nothing is more pure to him than a repentant heart.

David, the man after God’s own heart, made a mess of his life, having one man killed so he could cover up his sin with the man’s wife. But in Psalms 51 he lets us know why God thought so highly of him.

“Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin…Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me…Restore to me again the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you…Forgive me,” (Psalms 51: 2, 10, 12, 14).

David didn’t only ask for forgiveness and purifying from sin. He also asked God to help him be willing to obey Him. This is called a repentant heart, one that is wants to obey, that cries out for God’s mercy to help him obey.

Yes, that means turning from whatever we are doing that causes God pain.  He desires the best for us, wants more than we can think or imagine.

“Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us,” Ephesians 3:19-21.

Interesting isn’t it? God is a gentleman. He won’t push us into something we don’t want. He will gently prod. He will cause people to come across our path to point us in the right direction. But the decisions we make are ours, completely.

The answers to what we should do are right there in His word, but we look over the parts that really convict us. We are not willing to ask God’s advice. We want to do what we want to do.

If God told you today to give up a sexual liaison you are having outside of marriage because He has riches for you for beyond what you can imagine, would you do it?  He cares about us so much that He wants the best. That is purity.

Listen to Him today. Ask Him the tough questions and then sincerely ask Him to make you willing to obey.

One final word, those who are living pure lives, be encouraged. You are doing what God wants.  You are living with no regrets and that should fill your heart with joy.

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.