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Day 23: Purity, Your Mind’s Filter

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 23, 2011


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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

“Pure” follows after things like “true, noble and right”. If something pure has an element of impurity in it, it is no longer pure.

The Greek word for “pure” used here comes from the root word for “Holy”, which means, “to set apart”.  It is used as an adjective when talking about a “chased virgin” (2 Corinthians 11:2), which is somewhat redundant.

Since Paul is describing for us in this verse a framework in which we should think, it is obvious that purity must be the primary ingredient.

Water that comes from the tap looks pure, but in our community, there are over 70 chemicals added to that water.  So with all that, I run my water through a softener and reverse osmosis filter to get it to a level that I feel somewhat comfortable drinking, but even then, it is not pure.

If I want to eliminate all impurity, I would need to take that water, boil it and collect the steam (distillation) and then filter it again.  Eventually, after lots of hard work, I might be able to get the water to a 99.999% pure rating, but even then, there would be specs of impurity, causing my water to still be “impure”.

Purity is like the filter to our thoughts.  We need to keep the pure filter on so that the thoughts that pass through our minds are pure, but if the purity filter is dirty, then impure thoughts can pass right through.

As an example, you can’t watch five minutes of TV without having an impure thought pass through your mind.  Seemingly every commercial, TV show and even the news is full of sexual innuendo, violence and other trash that make your “pure” filter less than pure.

There are times when you need to just get away from all the impure influences in order to hear clearly from God.  The best way may simply be to turn off the TV, computer, video games, and any other distraction and just open your Bible and pray.

Try it for a week and see how your purity filter begins to clear up.  You might find out that you like the new thoughts passing through your mind.

 

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