…how beautiful is this word.
I picture white snowflakes, puffy clouds in the bright blue sky, an innocent newborn baby, a tall glass of crystal clear fresh water. I think of what a white wedding dress “traditionally” represents; purity.
To have pure is to be FREE from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes. FREE from guilt, shame, or evil.
In a world where purity is hard-to-find, in a society where everything is “grey” and nothing seems to be black-and-white — for me, purity is a difficult virtue to instill in my children. I believe it was a difficult virtue for my parents to instill in me. And I’m assuming that in generations before that, it was also difficult. Why? Because everywhere we look, everywhere we turn, there is sin.
We can protect, we can shelter, we can do our best to preserve their innocence, BUT sin.
Sin contaminates. pollutes. wounds. destructs. lies. Sin, impurity, separates us from the One whos purity is the only constant. It…
…WAS. IS. and IS TO COME.
His blood covers all our sin, all our impurities:
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Through His free gift of grace and salvation, He can create in us and our children a pure heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within us.
What can wash away my sin? What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
I love how this prayer about purity is about the heart, what’s going on inside, NOT what’s happening on the outside. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
It’s like the saying goes…garbage in, garbage out.
I pray, “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions. And Father, lead me as I lead them — give me wisdom and discernment — show me how to assist them in guarding their heart implementing healthy boundaries. Amen”
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