“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
A pure heart is an important requisite for our Worship to be honoured and received like a sweet aroma by the Lord. Here Paul is addressing His spiritual son Timothy and is explaining to him the ingredient mix to acquire a pure heart:
1. Run away from temptation to lust
2. Strive for righteousness
3. Love (God kind of love)
4. Pursue Peace
These attributes when adopted as a way of life, will allow the Holy Spirit to change us and mould us into Christ likeness, also called the sanctification process.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)
So self examination is essential through out our lives and we have to see whether we are truly laying our lives down to please God and serve others or else, are we still feeding the old self(-ish) man?
Remember what you feed most becomes the strongest and that means that starving the NEW will bring bad the OLD self to life.