Remember when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit? Remember all the uncertainty about how to avoid the virus? We knew we were supposed to wash our hands frequently, but what about all the other surfaces? During those first few weeks I remember making the lone trip of the week to the grocery store. After each trip, I used rubbing alcohol to clean every surface in my car that I touched – steering wheel, handles, radio, and more. I remember cleaning the handle on the garage door I used to enter the house and the light switches. I remember discussing whether we should disinfect each carton and package of food. We didn’t, mainly because the store we use typically just opened the case that contained the boxes, rather than hand stacking each and every carton onto the shelves.
This week, we follow the encouragement of Philippians 4:8 to think about whatever is pure. Pure means something is uncontaminated. It is clean. It is like a surface that has been disinfected to remove any virus lingering there. Even the smallest impurity is removed.
Why is this important? Well, like a virus, it only takes a very small amount of impurity to have a big impact. I encourage you this week, to think about whatever is pure or clean. In your entertainment, speech, attitudes, motives and actions — in all things — keep it pure!
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