Posted in Editors Journal
Lord, help us.
As a generation, we now realize whether in the church or out of it, that purity is NOT a list of dos and don’ts we can make ourselves (or others) live by.
We can never clean ourselves up. We can never keep ourselves clean. We are not good enough.
We are a filthy people with filthy lips, amongst a society of filthy desires; forgive us for ever thinking otherwise. While working on this issue, I was brought back to struggles I thought were once beyond me: lust, gossip, pornography, lying, loneliness – and I thank You. I am again gratefully reminded that my purity is not sourced by my self-righteousness, but by the only One who is Righteous. What freedom!
Impurity is a leprous disease that can never be behavior modified, but is a heart issue that can only be uprooted by one prayer: “Lord, if you are willing, make me clean.”
I pray all who read this issue, saved or unsaved, will be humbled to again cry this from their heart; discovering that purity is not an outdated term or a girly virtue, but the pursuit of any whom desire to see You (Matthew 5:8). And like the leper in Mark 1:41, may we hear You say with compassion and power: “I am willing. Be clean.”