My Grace-Full Life

3.19.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Avoiding Contamination

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• On Sunday afternoon, my husband went to the store to pick up a few things, including a bag of six bell peppers I asked him to get.
Last night after dinner, I started chopping them up so they’d be ready to go.
I love red, yellow, and orange peppers!
I always add them to my eggs and also like to sauté them for dinner.
But last night, I was about halfway through the bag when I realized one of the peppers had mold on it.
I searched the internet and found an article about what foods are safe to eat after they’ve been near mold.
Peppers were deemed “probably” safe so I finished chopping and they are in my refrigerator.
At least they will be until I post today’s blog.
Then they are going in the trash.
I just can’t bring myself to eat the “good” peppers when they’ve been in a bag with a moldy one.
Sometimes, we experience this kind of quandary with people and issues in our lives.
In 2 Corinthians 7:1, it says, “Therefore, 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.”
This is complicated theology to me and I’m not a theologian.
So forgive me for tripping my way through this.
But this passage is a call for Holy living according to God’s standards.
Not a polluted version that is watered down by the world’s interpretation.
Throughout his letters to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged them to wash their hands of pagan practices which made their way into the early Christian church.
This verse serves as a warning to the body of Christ.
Out of reverence to God and the truth of the Gospel, we should not allow ourselves to be contaminated by unholy practices, lifestyles, or choices.
It’s not about what other people or the world says is okay.
We should only be concerned about what God says.
We should honor God through obedient hearts that want His will more than our own.
Today, as you pray, thank God that His word is both timeless and perfect.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you filter all things through the Word of God so that your life can be clean and uncontaminated by the pollution of the world.

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