ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto
unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart
fervently. 1 Peter 1:22
The lily on the lake strikes its roots
down deep beneath the surface of rubbish and slime, and through its porous stem
draws those properties that will aid its development and bring to light its spotless
blossom to repose in purity on the bosom of the lake.
It refuses all that would tarnish and mar
its spotless beauty. . . . Let the youth be found in association with those who
fear and love God; for these noble, firm characters are represented by the lily
that opens its pure blossom on the bosom of the lake. They refuse to be molded
by the influences that would demoralize, and gather to themselves only that
which will aid the development of a pure and noble character. They are seeking
to be conformed to the divine model.
In the estimation of God a pure heart is
more precious than the gold of Ophir. A pure heart is the temple where God
dwells, the sanctuary where Christ takes up his abode. A pure heart is above
everything that is cheap or low; it is a shining light, a treasure house from
which come uplifting, sanctified words. It is a place where the imagery of God
is recognized, and where the highest delight is to behold his image. It is a
heart that finds its whole and only pleasure and satisfaction in God, and whose
thoughts and intents and purposes are alive with godliness. Such a heart is a
sacred place; it is a treasury of all virtue. . . .
The very thoughts of those whose hearts
are pure are brought into captivity to Christ. They are occupied with thinking
how they can best glorify God.
It will then be as natural
for us to seek purity and holiness. . . as it is for the angels of glory to
execute the mission of love assigned to them.
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