How many of us have had a container or pot that we thought was washed and then later found needed further attention to actually get clean to our standard? I know this recently happened to me. We all have standards of cleanliness and hopefully care about not spreading anything disgusting or contagious. It’s not found in the Bible, but I believe the quote is a good one, “cleanliness is next to godliness.”
At a school in Ireland, a clergyman is reported to have asked a group of children, “What is holiness?” A poor, dirty, ragged-clothed young Christian child jumped up and said, “Please, your Reverence, it is to be clean inside!” That is a wonderful definition, “To be clean inside” – morally clean. …..the Israelites missed this point. Most of the kings of both Israel and Judah were doing evil before God. The prophets of God had warned them to stop, but they did not listen. So God brought the Assyrian and then the Babylonian Empires down to take Israel and Judah into captivity. The prophet Isaiah explains why this happened with, “For they have brought evil on themselves” Isaiah 3:9. God wanted their holiness, but they had ignored Him. While studying godly examples like Daniel in the Bible, may we be inspired to live a life of clean character and courage.
May we strive for holiness in our lives for Christ, Pastor Larry
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