~ connecting lives ~
What is the secret of living a pure life? It's in the Bible, Psalm 119:9, NIV. "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word."
Happiness is promised to the pure in heart. It's in the Bible, Matthew 5:8, NIV. "Happy are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God."
What should we focus our thoughts on? It's in the Bible, Philippians 4:8, TLB. "And now, brothers, as I close this letter let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about."
Who may stand before the Lord? It's in the Bible, Psalm 24:3-4, TLB. "Who may climb the mountain of the Lord and enter where He lives? Who may stand before the Lord? Only those with pure hands and hearts, who do not practice dishonesty and lying."
Purity includes concern for the needy. It's in the Bible, James 1:27, TLB. "The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father's point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord—not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world."
A person sees and hears what he is looking for. It's in the Bible, Titus 1:15, TLB. "A person who is pure of heart sees goodness and purity in everything; but a person whose own heart is evil and untrusting finds evil in everything, for his dirty mind and rebellious heart color all he sees and hears."
Choose friends who love the Lord and have pure hearts. It's in the Bible, II Timothy 2:22, TLB. Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts."
In preparing for Christ second-coming, purity is a prerequisite. It's in the Bible, I John 3:2,3,NIV. "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure."