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How Morally Pure Are We?

Last Sunday as we did some exposition on purity, we intentionally focused on sexual purity in light of the seemingly dwindling significance of subject matter especially among our teenager and young people. A larger connotation and application of purity issues relates to our morality as people of God. Purity even in the context of this larger connotation has its origin in our heart, mind and soul. Just like Jesus said, we are reminded as per Matthew 15:11What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean.” And we are also reminded. “Out of the overflow/abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:36). What your life reflects and say has its source/not in your heart, in spite of the circumstances around you.

            For us who are believers in Christ Jesus, we have a new life, but the residue supposedly controlled.. of the old life of sin and flesh still remains inside us. Hence, Apostle Paul admonishes us to continually choose to live by the Spirit, so that we will not gratify the desires o the sinful nature. In Galatians 5:17, Paul said, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” And the Spirit or the flesh, each has its manifestation when we talk, behave or respond to certain stimuli. Choosing obedience to the Holy Spirit rather than our fleshly desire is the key to maintaining a life of purity of morality.

Another way the word of God encourages us is to know that as believers, we are an integral part of Jesus Christ. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” You and I are called and meant to bear fruitful works of righteousness. That’s why Apostle Paul said, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against which there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23).

I pray that we daily have a life of spiritual renewal that will cause us to crucify the flesh with its passions and desires so that the work of Holy Spirit inside us can blossom to God’s glory                                                    – Dr. Johnson Omoni


 
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