My reading this morning comes from Philipians 1.
Verse 10 reminds us to discern what is best and to be pure and blameless. I can only imagine the pressure that one would feel knowing that God has called us to be pure and blameless. I feel that it is extremely important that we understand what this really means.
First, we are to be pure in mind, body, and spirit. This is not a destination but rather a daily practice to limit the things of this world that affect our minds, our bodies and our spirit: the movies we watch, the ideas and opinions that we allow into our minds, and whether or not we feed our spirits with the Word of God or with the things of this world. The world easily finds it’s way into your life, but you must invite God in for things to be any different. God is not one to barge in and thrust himself upon you, but the devil will. Therefore, we must seek purity, and remember this: purity comes from an increased devotion to seek God for your own life and the good of your household.
In this age, you can be blamed for something and yet not be guilty of it. We will never live up to the standard of this world that is always changing. God does not want us to make ourselves blameless in front of the world but to be blameless before Him. We are not to live by the standards of the world but live by the standards that God has set for us. The world will let us down time and time again, but God is good and never changing. His standard is pure and makes you blameless not only before him but also before his courts. God has limitless mercy and grace, but when the devil decides to come before the courts of God and present a case of sin against you, God has no choice but to follow his own Word.
We can never be without sin, but it is our devotion to God to ask for forgiveness in our mistakes so that we are forgiven. It is our forgiveness that shuts the mouth of the devil since we have already dealt with the sin and received forgiveness from God first.
So, in the eyes of the world, we can never be blameless, but to God, all things are possible. Let’s seek a continuous posture towards God by being aware of our sin and by asking God for forgiveness each time we recognize it…..before the devil has a chance to blame us.
Go forth and be blessed, my friend.