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Virtue: Purity


…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…


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


You’ve just read day 13 of  the series: 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Whether your children are young or old, whether you’re expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you — you can join in and pray for them!!


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Teri is a writer, speaker, and sought-after personal growth expert. She enjoys running and taking pictures. Great conversations while sipping coffee and soaking up as many sunsets as she can, make her tick. She's passionate about helping others; an encourager and a cheerleader to many. Teri lives a joy-filled life deeply devoted to her husband, her two boys, and her relationship with God.
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  1. Gabrielle Baer says:

    This is a well meant work of art. I’m sure of that but its also a vast misquote of the Scripture mentioned.

    The Psalmist wrote: ‘Create in me a pure heart [some translations give it as a clean heart] and renew a steadfast spirit within me.’ Psalm 51:10 NIV

    So I’m sorry but you’ve taken an intensely personal notion and mistranslated it into something about other people. And it does both the Scriptures and your readers a great disservice. We get to translate the Scriptures into our own vernacular as Christians. But we don’t get to utterly change their meaning to something other than the Psalmist in this case intended. And with as many translations as there have been in more than three thousand years, [from the time of David] the fact that so many agree with the meaning, the translation as ‘create in ME a pure/clean heart’, the chances of it being misunderstood at this late date are increasingly low.

    Send your messages out as you will, surely that is your right. But don’t misquote the Scriptures in order to send them.

    1. Teri says:

      Hi Gabrielle. Thank you for sharing your comment. Misquoting scripture is never my intent — I agree we get to translate and express what God’s Word means to us personally {as most sermons and commentaries are that way}. As I read your words, I’m wondering if you’re reading the prayer in the graphic, “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” as the misquote? I did not “quote” Psalm 51:10 in the post, but am using it as a reference as we are praying scripture over our children/ourselves on this journey. Each day of “31 Biblical Virtues to pray for your kids.” there is a scripture reference and for purity, Psalm 51:10 is the reference. I’m sorry about the confusion. If you have any further questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you! =)

  2. Phaerisee says:

    What has helped me in my quest for Purity of Heart is suffering. When I finally started carrying my crosses without bitterness or retaliation it began to change me.

    1. Teri says:

      YES!! …being free from those ugly pests gives us PEACE even when we are in the eye of the storm. Thank YOU for leaving your comment. =)

  3. Phaerisee says:

    I think it is really cool that you are brave enough to stand for Purity in this world. I hope it is okay for me to share this link with others!

    1. Teri says:

      Thank YOU Phaerisee for leaving your comment — of COURSE, share! Make it a GREAT day! =)

  4. rebecca says:

    This is my favorite so far. It has really touched my heart. Thank you for being led by the Holy Spirit.

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