Daniel was preaching Sunday on the last half of James chapter three. He spoke of being pure. In James 3:17 we read,” But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” This chapter is contrasting heavenly wisdom and demonic wisdom. Daniel pointed out that holiness- pure undefiled love of God- and sin can’t coexist.
When I type in the keyword “Pure” on BibleGateway.com the first ten finds speak of pure gold. Pure, 24 carat gold that has no foreign substance in it. Gold that has been heated and tested to remove any impurities that it may have. This is the “pure” that we need to strive to be.
I remember going to many youth events years ago. These events were established as an evangelical outreach to win youth to Christ and/or encourage the young believer to get serious about God. A not so big name speaker would come and share his testimony with us. In most cases he would share what he use to be and compare it to what he is now. He would spend his time telling of the alcohol he use to drink. He would share how alcohol lead to drug use. He would tell stories of the wild and crazy things he use to do. Then, with just a few minutes left, he would share how he found Jesus. Even then, I knew something wasn’t quite right.
Friends, we need to never glorify sin. Generations behind us are listening. They hear a mature Christian talk of times past and what we use to do and they think,”If they did that and are OK now, then I can do that.” I do realize that we all have a past and are sinful, but lets not brag about it. People can justify their actions based on what we proclaim we use to do. We can tell of the love of Christ and how he saved a sinner like me without going into the details of that sin. We may be lead to share our past with someone specific in detail as guided by the Holy Spirit, but not in a large public setting.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the spirits.