by Randy Chambers, 2012-01-26
2 Corinthians 7:1, NIV: 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.
Perhaps it's a growing trend, because of oversight, or due to negligence, or perhaps just plain and simple selfish rebellion. Whatever the reason, it would seem that scriptures understood in plain English, often fail to be translated into actions and life application. When we read verses like 2 Cor. 7:1, what do we do with it once weíve read it? The verse clearly calls us to purify ourselves from everything, not some things, but everything that contaminates body and spirit. Are we doing that? If not, is it because we think it's too hard, not possible, or not realistic? Do we willfully ignore the verse's implications? Or do we simply decide for ourselves exactly what it is we think "contaminates body and spirit?" If we are to perfect "holiness out of reverence to God," we won't do so by deciding for ourselves what it is that contaminates. That decision is not ours to make--it is the Lordís alone. But if we do not seek His decision, or refuse to seek, then we seek our own way and not the Lordís. In such a case, scripture means nothing to us. Until we are ready to withdraw from our wants, reasoning, and personal bias, we are not ready to approach Godís Holy Scriptures. So then, "dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."