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BE AN EXAMPLE IN PURITY

None are purer than innocent children. Our Lord knew that when He said that adults should become "like little children" (Matthew 18:3). Paul told the young Timothy to maintain purity as young preacher (1 Timothy 4:12). It is important that our heart, mind, and body be pure.

Our example in this area is, once again, Samuel. In 1 Samuel 7:3, Samuel spoke unto al the house of Israel, saying, "If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines." Samuel wanted to purify Israel of idols. More than that, though, Samuel wanted to purify their hearts.

I recently read this story: Two theological students were walking along a street in the Whitechapel district of London, a section where old and used clothing is sold. "What a fitting illustration all this makes!" said one of the students as he pointed to a suit of clothes hanging on a rack by a window. A sign on it read: SLIGHTLY SOILED GREATLY REDUCED IN PRICE. "That's it exactly," he continued. "We get soiled by gazing at a vulgar picture, reading a book, or allowing ourselves a little indulgence in dishonest or lustful thoughts; and so when the time comes for our character to be appraised, we are greatly reduced in value. Our purity, our strength is gone. We are just part and parcel of the general, shopworn stock of the world" (Source: Unknown).

Our bodies WILL remain pure (free from the damages of drugs, alcohol, smoking, sinful sex) if our hearts are kept pure. We can't even allow our hearts to be slightly soiled, be-cause if we are, our usefulness in God's service can be greatly reduced, and we can't be the right kind of example (1 Timothy 4:12).

We must be careful to not commit what most people consider to be "little" sins—those things that may seem insignificant, but in reality play a part in the wearing out (soiling) of our example. Such dangers can be found in many movies, TV shows, books and perhaps in many of the people you see from day to day.

Nothing earthly, however "fun" it may be, is so important that it should make us compromise your purity (Matthew 16:26). We must always remember that, as well as Philippians 4:8, which tells us to think on things that are pure. Be like Samuel. Be an example in purity.

—Caleb Colley