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Purify Ourselves

Image of a hand holding an open Bible over a cityscape with the words "purify ourselves, October 21, 2022, 2 Corinthians 7:1"

October 21, 2022

2 Corinthians 7:1  "Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates the body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." 

So as some of you may or may not know, I’ve been sick this week. My husband and I have made it through all of Covid and not even had a sniffle. Then, Monday of this week, I caught a cold. A bad one. I kept pushing through because I had things I needed to do! But as soon as the sniffles started,  I began taking medicine to try to help fight whatever it was that was wreaking havoc on my immune system. 

When we get sick, usually it’s either a virus or bacteria that has gotten into our system, and our immune systems works overtime to fight against it. The medicine we take when we are sick helps fight the battle until finally the virus starts to lose and the sickness is flushed out of us and we’re well once more.

Me being ill reminded me of our spiritual journey. Bear with me a minute. When we first accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and become believers, the Holy Spirit enters us and starts to work on our hearts, which makes us want and desire the things that God wants, rather than the things we may have wanted before. 

Jesus’ love helps cleanse u from our sin and leaves us holy and pure in God’s sight. But there are still bad things out there that will try to tempt us and lure us back in to our past life, but with Jesus beside us, He’s working overtime to fight with us, right beside us, to overcome those desires. 

In today’s verse, Paul is telling us that we must use the promises of God the same way we fight illnesses when we are sick. As soon as we first start to feel sick spiritually, that tug of want pulling us to do or say something we shouldn’t, we need to put God to work fighting against that feeling. 

Reading and meditating on scriptures, writing in our journals, and praying are the ways that we fight against that evil. Just like the medicine I’ve been taking all week, God will enter our system and purify us and flush out all of the bad and make us feel new again. 

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