Ephesians 5:3-4 NIV 2011
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus included a vision for the church relating to their role of bringing God’s eternal plan to the world. That was a tall request for mortal men and women living in an immoral world. Pagan worship and life styles were the norm in Asia Minor. He summed up their mission calling them to live lives of purity in thought, word and deed with a heart of thanksgiving. God calls believers to live lives of purity for His eternal glory.
Purity and perfection differ completely. I’m not called to perfection but to live a life that reflects purity. Once upon a time I thought I needed to be a perfect wife, mother and friend. But through God’s Word I’ve discovered that’s not true. I realized purity was the desire God placed in my heart. Focusing on God’s desire for me, my thoughts turn to what is pure and pleasing to Him. Abstaining from times of idol gossip with others will continue to be my daily prayer. He’s called me to live a life of purity for His glory.
What are the ways we can walk in purity?
Walking together toward His eternal glory,