Purity is a word I first heard when I was a small child. What does it mean and how does this "old-fashioned" word apply today?
I recently overheard someone say that a movie wasn't as bad this time as it was the first time they had seen it. In thinking about this, I thought of one thing: desensitized.
I don't want to be desensitized to the bad things that I hear or see. Honestly, I want shocking things to, well, shock me. I want my heart to stay pure.
Maturity is the the ability to do the right thing when no one else is, and being willing to verbalize or act on that when you're the only one (very hard to do). Spiritual maturity is gradually built up by choosing good over evil, right over wrong. I want to be mature in all areas of my life and make the hard choices.
When my conscience is pricking me, I want to feel it. I believe that my conscience is guided by the Holy Spirit living in me. That sting will only poke if I listen to the Holy Spirit's telling me what is right and wrong!
Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.
Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:7,8