PERSONAL PURITY

Men, I believe it is so important for us to put a much greater emphasis on personal purity and holiness. Holiness is one of the Bible’s most awesome and challenging doctrines.

While we who profess Jesus to be our Lord and Savior are legally given His righteousness, we are also exhorted in Philippians 2:12 to “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

We are not aware of “fear and trembling” in the church these days. I believe it should happen in our inner man to such a degree that it expresses itself in our outer man in holy living. Men, our wives and families need to see that we are holy men. This does not mean that we are severe, cold and unloving, for that is not holiness. Rather, it is manifested by our purity as we live joyfully, lovingly and kindly with them.

The “fear and trembling” aspect of holiness assists us against offending our most Holy God. It makes us more alert and watchful to resist all subtle temptations of evil. A truly holy man will have an unmistakable presence about him.

Men, we must not be casual regarding holiness and purity. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Be encouraged to walk in personal purity. Colin
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