On my calendar this week I read these words written by a Welsh preacher -
‘The word of God is not only pure, it is also purifying’
I’ve been pondering this and trying to let the reality of it be felt in my own spirit. We can easily acknowledge that God’s word is pure - but we can look at it as something out there, distant from us, belonging to a holy God. That, of course, is to miss the point.
The Bible is a living book and the Word is meant to be applied to our lives. And when that happens it is like a stream of pure, living water that comes over and into our souls. It is like standing under a shower and feeling cleansed, invigorated and, yes, loved by the warmth of the water that flows over and around us. This pure stream has the power to do all that and make us clean.
There is healing in that water - sometimes physical healing, emotional healing, spiritual healing. It can be like the lame man going into the pool, in the gospels, when the water has been ‘troubled’ by the angel and finding that he has been made whole. As you read the Bible, let God ‘trouble’ the waters that you read and let the pure streams flow into your inner being, bringing change.
And we are told that ‘out of our inner beings will flow rivers of living water’. Their source is not in us, they come from God . And as we let them come in and purify us, these streams can flow out to others.
Do we read the Bible, looking for all of that? Why not look for it today?
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