John 17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Phillip was excited to attend a reunion party organized for the old students of his university. There he met old friends and even old girlfriends.
You see, Phillip became born again three years after he graduated from university. But when he was on campus, he was a very ungodly person. He had many godless friends and led a reckless immoral life. But now that he was born again, his life was transformed by the power of God’s grace.
The time he spent in that party was characterized by many unwholesome conversations that he wasn’t comfortable with. His old friends who were excited to see him started such conversations with him because they did not know that he was now born again.
When he came out of that party, he felt so defiled and unclean. Dirty thoughts filled his mind and he struggled with them.
When he got back home, he picked up his Bible and started reading it. As he continued to read and dwell in the Word, he felt washed and refreshed. He no longer felt unclean on the inside. This was how the Lord cleansed and renewed his soul (Ps 23:3).
We see in Ephesians 5:26 that the way Christ sanctifies His Church is with the washing of water by the word. This is an explanation of John 17:17 above. In John 15:3, Jesus told His disciples that ‘you are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you’.
Go into today remembering that the word of God is the water of the spirit that washes and sanctifies us.
Prayer: Lord, help me abide in your word always.
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