What is purity? Does being pure means you are holier than thou? Gabbie breaks down what being pure really is, how God sees purity, and what it means in a world where purity is just a word.

I Am: Pure

Gabbie Cook

He has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” Colossians 1:2

To be completely honest, the idea of purity never crossed my mind until I gave my life to Jesus. A big part of why I became a Christian was because of an overwhelming guilt I’d been carrying around with me. It was too much to handle, and thankfully it was in this time of deep desperation that Jesus revealed himself in a way I couldn’t ignore.

But my understanding of grace was only half formed.

I knew that I was forgiven for my past sins, but now felt like I had to be absolutely perfect to stay on God’s good side. So when I inevitably messed up, like we all do, guilt clung to me just like it had before. All I could feel was ashamed, like I had disappointed God past redemption.   

Thankfully, God doesn’t feel this way about us and reminds us again and again throughout the Bible just how far His grace can reach. Yes, acknowledging our sin is important, but only because it brings us to the feet of our savior and shows us just how desperately we need Him. He wants us to cry out to Him like David does in Psalm 51:10;

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me”

This isn’t a one-time prayer. This isn’t something that David asked, received, and forgot about. This is a prayer for every day, a reminder that we always have the chance for a fresh start. Every day we are made pure.

How do we know God is willing to make us clean? Just look at all the stories of Jesus renewing people because they had the courage to approach him! No matter if it was an adulteress or a leper, not a single sinner was turned away because being pure has nothing to do with you or me.

We’re not born pure, we’re MADE pure. Your purity isn’t something that can be taken away from you, or that can somehow be used up. The minute you give your sin over to God it becomes an essential part of your being. The most amazing part of this is that the very place where you were impure and He renewed you is the most glorious part about you. That’s where God’s grace is most apparent. That’s where His work is on display.

So boast in that! Boast in the dirty places of yourself that are now clean all because of God. In Philippians 2:15 we are called

“blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

Keep that truth close to your heart as a reminder that you are not your sin, but a light in this often dark world. You are renewed time and time again, so why live any differently?
Most importantly, YOU ARE PURE. Not because of what you’ve done, but because of what God has done in you.