Today’s Scripture: Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:22-23

In the 1800’s, doctors would go into an operating room covered with blood from previous surgeries. Nearly half of the patients died from infection after the surgery. Sometimes the fatality rate was as high as 80%. They didn’t understand the concept of germs and infection.

As doctors began learning about germs under the microscopes, they began to emphasize the need for doctors and nurses to have clean clothing and clean hands. As this became more common, the rate of death from infection dropped dramatically.

Cleanliness in hospitals is so important because infection can kill. Cleanliness in the Christian life is even more important. We cannot have filthiness in our lives and have the blessings of God on your life. We need to live a life that reflects His character and glory. We can’t do that when we are living in a sinful situation.

Christians need to cleanse themselves. The world is all into entertainment, alcohol, drugs, and partying in an attempt to take away some of the pain and hurt that they are feeling. They are trying to find something that will give them joy and peace. Eventually, they find that none of those things solve their problems. Christians can be part of that lifestyle, but they shouldn’t be. These things will not help us serve the Lord. It will be a bad testimony, and it will harm our ability to share the Gospel with others. That’s really the bottom line with cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh.

When we live a separated life, it says that God will receive us. Another promise is that He will be a Father to us, and we will be His sons and daughters. That is an amazing promise. You might not have a close earthly father relationship, but you can have a close heavenly father relationship. The promise is that you will have close fellowship with Him if you are living separated lives.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.