Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-7
Sir Francis Bacon in one of his writings titled Advancement of Learning in the year 1605 wrote; “Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.” Dear child of God, there this calmness, serenity, orderliness that surrounds every sincere child of God. If you truly fear God, sincerely commit your ways to God, you will become like the child, displaying childlike- innocence which Jesus commended in (Mat. 118:3, 19:14). If you are godly, everything around you assumes peaceful decorum. According to Rev.Fr. Dr. S. Ignacimuthu, (Jesuit priest), “Cleanliness shows respect for the dignity of a human person. It prompts us to pursue principles of inner purity. It leads to a life that is systematic, well-ordered and healthy. It is a reflection of inner purity.”
Beloved in Christ, what is the percentage of your divine connection? How deep is your connection with the divine? It matters a lot. The more you are connected the more your personality will become pleasing to God and to man. Verse 7 of our scripture reference said, “For God did not call us to uncleanness but to holiness” (NKJV). Let us avoid all sorts of things that make us unclean. Spiritual dirtiness or spiritual unkemptness is to be avoided. In Leviticus 11:1-47 and Deuteronomy 14:1-27, our Lord spells out to the children of Israel what makes one clean and unclean. Jesus further explains this uncleanness or indecency in Matthew 15:12, 18-20 thus, “Then Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand! It is not what goes into a person’s mouth that makes him ritually unclean; rather what comes out of it makes him unclean.” “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean. For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others. These are the things that make a person unclean.” Why has the Lord taken this pain to make this clarification, it is because those who have been made clean by the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus should not identify with uncleanness. Truly, it is the desire of the Lord that you refrain from all indecency and exhibit only godly decorum. Let us keep our sense and our whole body pure and chaste as the temple of the Holy Spirit consecrated for resurrection and glory. Let us stop dishonoring our bodies by fornication, impurity, unworthy conversation, entertainments, etc. Let us learn from St. Peter, he was proud to boast before the Lord thus, “Certainly not Lord! I have never eaten anything ritually unclean or defiled.”
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- Let us ask God to give us the grace to fulfill the sanctification mandate in Romans 12:1-2:
- To offer ourselves as a living sacrifice.
- To be dedicated to His service and be pleasing to Him;
- Not to conform to the standards of this world;
- To be transformed in our minds, this leads us to know what is good, decent, clean and unclean.
- Tell the good Lord to remove evil ideas from you.
- Take the Prayer of Daily Consecration to God.
Exercise: You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is only uncleanness that makes the Holy Spirit to go away from us. Pray to always remain pure and clean.
Memory Verse: Deuteronomy 14:3