by Michael Gilbert
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart……”
According to our Old Testament text, God demanded purity among His people. It is no different under Christ’s new covenant, for the apostle John wrote, “And every man that hath this hope in him (i.e., of being like Jesus at His second coming, v. 1-2) purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 Jn. 3:3). But how can God’s people today maintain purity in a sin-contaminated world?
Families should seek after purity in the news they receive. Rather than watching the world report on itself every night from 5-6pm, why not seek after the good news of salvation in Christ? How so?
Families would do well to plan daily devotionals – singing, praying, and reading God’s Word out loud. Receiving the purity of the good news of Christ would instill purity in our hearts.
Children would learn about God, parents could watch their children grow up to be faithful Christians, and our beloved nation would be morally stronger.
Fathers, what could be better than taking time to train our children “…in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4)? Seeking after money? It is uncertain (1 Tim. 6:17). Pursuing fleshly pleasures? They are only for a season (Heb. 11:25).
Again, what could be better than instilling purity in our hearts!