Words from the Heart for Friday November 29th, 2019
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
Canada has very high standards for the water that comes out of our taps. And most Canadians say they are happy with the taste of their local tap water. The province that has the highest rate of satisfaction is British Columbia. A recent poll discovered that 58% of people in that western province think the taste of their water is better than anywhere else in Canada. Ironically, BC has the highest percentage of any province that filters their water before using – over 13%.
At the end of the sixth chapter of his second epistle to the Christians in Corinth, Paul lists a number of promises that are found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. They speak of God being a Father to His people, and walking among them, promises that could only be fulfilled through the life, death and resurrection of the Messiah Jesus. Paul goes on to write about the implications of these fulfilled promises at the beginning of the next chapter. In 2 Corinthians 7:1 he writes: “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” Because of Jesus, God has taken up residence in each of those who have had their hearts cleansed and redeemed. His presence in us calls us to a life of holiness – we are called to purify ourselves in every way out of reverence for the One who fills our lives. It is the fulfillment of a command of God in Isaiah 52:11: “Come out from them and be separate. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you.” It is our call to holy living out of reverence for God.
These have been words from the heart.