According to Psalm 15:1-5 (ERV), in order to live a PURE life, to do what is right, and to speak truth from one’s heart, means:
- Don’t say bad things about others.
- Don’t do things to hurt your neighbors
- Don’t tell shameful things about those closest to your neighbors
- Hate those who fail to please God, and honor those who respect the Lord.
- If you make a promise to your neighbor, then do what you promised.
- If you loan money to someone, do not charge them interest.
- Refuse to testify against an innocent person, even if someone offers them money to do it.
WHOEVER lives like this, the Lord says they will ALWAYS stand strong!
This seems like such a simple, short list to live by in order to live a pure life in God’s eyes. And in reality, it really is short and simple. Sometimes, if not more often than not, we make things WAY too complicated and difficult.
What is the blessing that comes from living a pure life?
Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (ERV)
Matthew 5:8 – “Your blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” (The Message)
If you are blessed, aren’t you happy? Pure in heart people don’t allow anything bad into their hearts that would make them unhappy, for example, a heart full of unthankfulness, unbelief and wrong suspicions about others. However, a person with a pure heart has good thoughts about others, such as, thoughts of being grateful, and how they can bless others.
Psalm 119:9 – “How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying Your Word.”
I love the way The Message puts Psalm 15…
God, who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list?
“Walk straight, act right, tell the truth.
“Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbor; despise the despicable.
“Keep your word even when it costs you, make an honest living, never take a bribe.
“You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this.”