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.
(1 Timothy 4:12)
Purify: “to rid of impurities . . . to free from guilt, sin, etc.” – dictionary
How can we be examples for others in purity?
Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
(1 Peter 3:2)
I included this verse because it speaks to purity setting an example to others; it’s not only for wives, but everyone.
He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
So I say to you: ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
God will purify our hearts if we ask and if we have faith. These people had faith, so God purified their hearts.
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
(2 Corinthians 7:1)
We must purify ourselves when it comes to who and what we surround ourselves with, as well as resisting temptation. This means getting rid of anything that isn’t God-honouring in our lives. Although not listening to certain music (which might be “okay” but still not giving glory to God) or reading certain books or watching certain TV shows may seem a bit extreme, it will not go unnoticed by our Heavenly Father.
It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
(Titus 2:12 – 14)
God wants to purify us for His purpose.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)
God will purify us if we repent and ask.
No matter how hard we try, we alone cannot purify ourselves. God must purify us because only He can truly forgive sins and change our hearts. We may try to physically change our hearts by trying to think good thoughts, etc., but it will never be enough because we do not have the power to make ourselves good enough for God. Only He can make us truly pure.
Today, I challenge you to rid your life of all things that are not honouring to God. Allow God to purify your heart for His great and wonderful purpose. God can change your heart if you let Him.