Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)
These verses are a portion of a letter that the Apostle Paul writes to the church in Philippi. He writes about many things that may contribute to pursuing peace until he gets to purity.
When I was participating in AKT2 (a 2019 global gathering of PEER Teens in Uganda), one of our devotionals gave us as young people a good example of a young man who maintained purity. This young man is Joseph. When he was tempted and seduced by his master’s wife, Joseph refused. This is an encouragement of maintaining our moral purity.
As believers, the purity of our hearts is what matters.
When Jesus began to preach, he taught the beatitudes in which being pure in heart is valuable. He says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 (NIV)
Pure hearts are those healed from sinfulness. This is the work of God Himself in a human being. This mercy of God through the blood of Christ brings people to the point of being saved when sins are washed away and, as a result, people are made pure.
How can having pure hearts help us, as “All For One”, pursue peace?
If our hearts are purified, this is the beginning of being vessels of the Lord and having a thirst to make peace. The pure heart is filled with the peace given by Jesus, and selfishness is pushed out of that heart. Without selfishness, peace can be shared with others. The Bible says, “Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21 (NIV). Pursuing peace is good work. With our commitment to becoming “All for One”, purity helps us become useful tools in God’s hand.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and may we embrace the purity needed to become useful to You and pursuers of peace.
This is the fourth in the “Pursue Peace” series of blog posts and is written by Evariste Macumi, a PEER Servants volunteer from Bujumbura, Burundi.