In Greek, the word ‘pure’ is translated as ‘katharos,’ which means to be clean and pure – physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s the opposite of double-mindedness. It’s the opposite of those people who straddle the fence, having one foot in the world and one foot in the church, never really giving their hearts completely to God. It’s the opposite of phoniness. It’s the opposite of hypocrisy. Purity is being genuine. It is a devoted loyalty. It is a person without guile. It is a person who has no ulterior motives.

In Matthew 15:19-20, Jesus says, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications (that’s any kind of sexual immorality), thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” To summarize, what He is saying, “Look. The real problem lies in our sinful hearts. We are not naturally pure. It’s not something we achieve. It comes with a cleansed heart. It is something we receive – through repentant faith in Jesus Christ.” The only way to be pure is to be cleansed of any impurity. And the only way to stay clean and pure is by trusting Jesus with total devotion. 

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