Monday, December 15, 2008

At the Well - Purity With Others

Chelsey of Joyfully Living For His Glory
has a new topic for us to discuss
At the Well.
When you are done here,
be sure to join the other ladies there.

I don't know how they do it over At the Well, but I always seem to be guilty of whatever we are discussing. *sigh*

Our guest hostess, Heather Paulsen at the Emotional Purity blog, tells about her own experience revealing sensitive information to a third party about someone else. When she was told they would be confronting the first party, she at first told them not to mention her name, then later repented. I can't tell you how many times I've done that exact same thing in my lifetime. It's just awful! Not only are you set up for a fall, but you are guilty to the core and know you deserve it.

The Lord Jesus knew we would get our sorry selves into these messes with one another, so He left some pretty plain instructions for how to handle them according to His will.

In Matthew 5, He includes this in what is referred to as The Sermon on the Mount: "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." (Matthew 5:23, 24)

Pretty simple, huh? No way. This is one of the very hardest things a believer will ever have to do. Yet, the Lord places getting right with those we have offended before offering any type of worship to Him. If we aren't right with others, we are wasting our time trying to please God in any other way. Our purity with others is so important to the Lord that He places it before communion with Himself.

In another place, Peter tells husbands,

"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them (their wives) according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." (I Peter 3:7) (Emphasis mine.)

I realize this is speaking to husbands, but it just stands to reason we ladies will also have our prayers hindered if we aren't right with our husbands.

As difficult as it may be to make confession to those we have offended, it is vital to our own spiritual walk with God to be pure from offense with others. We must keep clean slates when it comes to our relationships.

Here's something else to think about. How about our treatment of others while we are driving? or with strangers at the store? My heart still aches over things I've done in "road rage" to people I will never be able to get it right with. How tragic!

Also, many families will be together soon for the holidays. How many disputes have never been resolved between parents, siblings, and other family members? How about if we make this year the year we bring purity back to our family gatherings? Do it for Christ's sake and for the Kingdom.

Let us pray for more purity with others that we may have fellowship with God and with others. May the Lord grant it for our own good, for the good of others, and especially for the glory of God.

I appreciate the ladies At the Well bringing this to our attention.