“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Moral Purity — It’s Fundamental

(Please read Matthew 5:8 and Philippians 4:8 )

December 20

We’ve all seen the sad spectacle of powerful men falling victim to the lusts of the flesh, and we’ve noticed how much more severe the public’s criticism is if the erring man was a widely known preacher. It’s quite likely that we have been not only sad at his failure but also a little bit provoked that we catch some of the jeering we feel should rightfully be his.

In any case it is depressing to see the mighty fall, doubly so if the fallen one is a professed follower of Christ; and each case should remind us that morality is required of all Christians. Indeed, morality is the platform on which successful communities are built. People form business partnerships, towns, cities and nations on the expectation of honesty and fair dealings which will enable groups to work and live together amicably. And trouble follows whenever those expectations are not met.

So the Lord demands that his children live the right lives, think the right thoughts, speak the right words, worship at the right altar, and fight the right war, the war against Satan. Morality demands recognizing property rights and avoiding thievery or crookedness of any sort. It requires strict marital faithfulness, even to the avoidance of lustful thoughts.

How do we avoid immorality? We try hard because we love the Lord and want to please him. That love helps us control our thoughts, as our second text teaches, which in turn helps us keep straight and true in Christian living.

Don’t you wish everybody, well-known or not, would try those steps toward purity?

 

 

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