What is purity?
- Condition, state or quality of what is pure, limpid, without mixture or impurities.
For example water, diamond, air, etc.
- BY METAPHOR
Virtuality of what it has no malice or malice; candor, sincerity.
"for the example of your eyes".
What does the Bible say about Purity?
Jesus said: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). The secret to living a pure life is abiding in Christ, listening to His Word, and keeping His commandments: "How can a young man purify his way? By observing it according to your word" (Psalm 119:9).
God promises happiness to those who are pure in heart. The Bible says in Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
On what should we focus our thoughts on? The Bible says in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
Who can see the Lord? The Bible says in Psalm 24:3-4, "Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully."
Purity also means caring for those in need. The Bible says in James 1:27, "Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: To visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
A person sees and hears what he wants. The Bible says in Titus 1:15, "To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted."
Choice friends who love God and have pure hearts. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:22, "Flee youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart."
Purity is a requirement for preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. The Bible says in 1 John 3:2-3, "Beloved, now we are children of God, and what we shall be has not yet been made manifest. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him; for as he is, we shall see him. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure."
How to be pure before God?
Well-blessed are the pure in heart, who are those who desire only one thing: God, with His truth and His values. The pure in heart do not trust in themselves, but in God. The impure are arrogant and petulant. The impure desire themselves, as if they were the owners of the truth and masters of their own values. Impurity is a temptation for all of us. For this reason, we receive the divine recommendation: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3.5).
In turn, the pure do not desire anything but God. The pure follow no other truth than that of God. Therefore, the "pure in heart are those who allow God to assume the supreme place within themselves".
For this reason, purity is a process of subtraction. In it, we allow Christ, present in us, to throw out of our hearts what should not be there. It is as if we allow Him to dig, from the surface to the center, our heart and remove the impurity found. The more impurity is removed, the more we desire from God.
It must be like that with those who want more of God, like those who want to see His glory. Faced with such lofty targets, the inevitable question is: who is fit for such a journey? The psalmist answers that it is "He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob" (Psalm 24:4-6).
How to keep your heart pure?
When I think of someone pure, I think of someone good. And good is he who does what is good.
However, we learn from the Bible that nothing good dwells in us, which is why we have the desire to do what is good, but we are unable to do it (Romans 7.18).
In the same Bible, however, we are invited to be good, because goodness is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us. And only the pure in heart can be good. The inevitable question is: is it possible for someone to be pure in heart?
If our heart is pure, rivers of purity flow from it. This is why Jesus centered His message on changing hearts. The Master taught: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'. But I say to you, 'Whoever looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart'" (Matthew 5:27-28). "A good tree bears good fruit, and a bad tree bears bad fruit, for a tree is known by its fruit. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil things" (Matthew 12:33-35).
Jesus wants to change the heart, because it is from the heart that evil and good proceed. It is not the tongue, but the heart that leads a person to offend another, to slander another, to lie about another or to another. It is not the sexual desire, but the heart that leads a person down the pit of marital infidelity. It is not the arm, but the heart that leads a person to appropriate what does not belong to him, be it the knowledge that someone has acquired, or the good that someone has saved. It are not the lips, but the heart that leads a person to utter words that benefit him, appearing to be what he is not.
While he was preaching to the crowd, Jesus saw people who were not there out of love with all their heart, but to see what they could take for themselves. So he says that those whose hearts are pure would see God.
How to maintain purity?
(Matthew 5.8) Blessed are the pure in heart, who are those who do not let their hearts be contaminated by the ways and practices of other hearts.
The blood pumped into the hearts of the pure comes from a good source, not of the many rivers that irrigate the land. They associate with ungodly people, but they are not part of their community; they converse with people of a perverse nature but do not become perverse; they run around groups of mockers, but do not become one of them. They are like trees planted beside running waters, which they discover because they meditate day and night on the Word of the Lord (Psalm 1:1, 3).
The pure are invited to vice, but they do not become addicted. The pure are challenged to illegitimate pleasures, but do not give in to invitations. The pure are tempted to run their businesses the way "everyone else" does, but they prefer to lose rather than gain with bribes or tax evasion.
The pure do like Daniel, who proposed in his heart not to contaminate himself in any way with the apparently pure food of the palace where he lived (Daniel 1.8) Daniel knew that, once corrupted by the culture of the people where he was, he would have many difficulties to maintain your allegiance in the other practices as well. Just as purity is a process, so is defilement (Revelation 22:11). I like to say that sin is a ladder that only has steps to go down, but also that when we want to be purified, we are lifted from the ground, taken out of the mire. The Biblical promise remains faithful: Jesus cleanses us from all sin through confession. Therefore, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes for righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses salvation" (Romans 10:9-10).