I've been in a slump lately -- a serious reading slump. If you follow baseball, my reading has been like Dan Uggla's bat -- lifeless! But that is changing. I'm back in a good groove.
One of the books I'm working through is Washington's God: Religion, Liberty, And The Father Of Our Country. It's fascinating!
His judgment was always clear, because his mind was pure. And seldom, if ever, will a sound understanding be met in the company of a corrupt heart. . . . In him were the courage of a soldier, the intrepidity of a chief, the fortitude of a hero.
In him were the courage of a soldier, the intrepidity of a chief, the fortitude of a hero. That is a strong river of praise. Could that be said of me? How about you?
When I try to discover the headwaters of that praise, I need to look no further than Morris' first line: His judgment was always clear, because his mind was pure. What Morris recognized, God wants us to prioritize: Purity!
God loves purity: Pure hearts (Matthew 5:8), pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8), and pure marriages (Proverbs 6:27-35). God's words are pure (Psalm 12:6). He required pure gold for his tabernacle (Exodus 25:39). He wants pure devotion (2 Corinthians 11:3), pure conduct (1 Peter 3:2) and pure religion (James 1:27). The reason? Because God is pure (1 John 3:3).
The secret to Washington's purity was Washington's God. The same is true for you and me. The true headwaters of a pure life flow from a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.
Keep yourself pure. 1 Timothy 5:22 ESV