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A Thought For Your Christian Journey:

 

Born Again Christians Are For Pure Life

James 4:8 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Holiness, righteousness, integrity, and purity all work together.  You cannot be marked with one of these characteristics without being touched by the other three.  They are all the works of the Holy Spirit within the Born Again Christian and in their deepest sense pour out of the core of ones being, or out of ones heart.   

Many a lost worldly soul has looked at a striving and sincere born again Christian and accused them of self-righteousness or a holier than thou attitude.  To the unredeemed mind, those who are striving diligently to live lives worthy of God are hypocrites putting on a front.  The desire to be pure is foreign to darkened hearts, selflessness is unnatural and therefore these self proclaimed Christians must be putting on a front.  To the natural man to spiritual effect of righteousness and purity are unnatural, and indeed purity and holiness are unnatural characteristics. 

Yet, for the Born Again Christian holiness, righteousness, integrity and purity are characteristics that have become an engrafted part of their new spiritual being.  The redeemed heart is not feigning righteousness; it is supernaturally compelled toward righteousness.  Purity of heart, mind, soul, and spirit (integrity) are not so much a matter of the mind but rather have become matters of the heart.  The infusion of the Holy Spirit within the believer has transformed the desires of the Child of God so that they do not “have to” be righteous, instead they “want to” be righteous.  The supernatural work of Almighty God has given every Born Again Christian a bit of the divine nature of God, and God is thoroughly, and gloriously holy and pure. 

Therefore, what to the lost seems as pious self-righteousness has now been transformed within the believer into an intense desire for purity.  Hence, Born Again Christians are whole heartedly for purity in life.

 

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