Inward CleansingBro. David Chancellor
1/28/2001 11:00 AM
This describes what we are trying to do. There is both an inner and out cleansing that must work. Christ doesn't diminish the fact that there will be a change of outward appearance. There should be a difference that shows up on the outside. If the outside is clean and the inside is dirty - the vessel is not useful. It is easy to address the outside appearance and forget the inward need.
This gives us an outline of things we need to give attention to. As we consider the life we have within - it will change our behavior. We can't afford to take the attitudes of the world as our own. The emphasis is not on what is done at church, but how do you live at home? "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes..." - this is a good reason NOT to have a television. Yet, we want to be careful not to set wicked things before us in other ways, either. We don't want to take on a flippant attitude. Verse 7 describes the wicked person - someone who talks about others behind their backs. We don't want to be proud or haughty. Pride exists in our country. We need to recognize that we are just people and not be proud. Sure, we should do good work, but don't be proud. Not everyone has the same capabilities. God's eyes are on the faithful. Be careful to present things correctly.
Jeremiah saw a sad condition. He didn't describe the outward, but an inward condition. There was a lack of trust. Sin brings a destroying and separating factor. We don't want anything "laying wait" inside.
We are not better than they. All of mankind have fallen under sin in their life. As Paul describes the ugliness of sin, he does not describe an outward appearance, but the condition of the heart. There needs to be goodness within to flow out to others. The cursing here mentioned speaks of wishing bad on others. We want life to go good for people.
2 Corinthians 12:20, 21
We don't want to see these things - but that we would have GOOD things. As we bring God's word to people, we need to give things that would build up and be a help. Sometimes you have to stand plain and firm against people. The ministry's desire is to give the people good things, but sometimes there are things which must be dug out.
Christ made clear the "royal law" - love your neighbor as yourself. This is one thing the Bible plainly says is sin - having "respect of persons." We don't want to try to justify anything that is wrong. Be good to ALL men. V. 12 - "so speak ye and do..." Watch what you say. Make sure all you do glorifies God.
1 Peter 1:22-23
When your soul is purified where you have an unfeigned love of the brethren - this is heart purity. It is having a genuine concern in your heart for the souls of others.