Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 4, 2012

Purify With Fire

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:15 am
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1Peter 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Peter says we have to purify ourselves through obedience to the truth of God’s Holy Word. The word “purify” comes from the Greek word meaning “fire.” To purify something it takes fire. Fire purifies gold, intense heat sterilizes or purifies. It is the fire of God’s Holy Spirit that purifies us. Through His Holy Spirit we are enabled to obey His Word. One of the signs our souls are purified is a real love for God’s family of believers. What show our love for others? Peter says it is in laying aside everything that hinders growth and specifies malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speaking. Before we think we are doing pretty well we must examine our thoughts, words and actions. Do we say critical things of others? Do we really walk out in our hearts what we claim to confess with our mouths? Are we consistent? We must ask ourselves these questions with regularity. Then, as we find ourselves falling short of these signs of purity, we must confess them to God, ask His forgiveness and ask for the fire of His Holy Sprit to work deep within us. God commands us to be holy as He is Holy. Are we willing for the Holy Spirit’s fire of purification to burn His holiness in us?

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