"How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying your word." Psalm 119:9 (NCV)
"How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it]." Psalm 119:9 (AMP)
Where does the notion of purity come from in an impure and imperfect world?
Is purity even possible in an impure world?
What is the standard of purity or how is it measured?
Who determines what is pure?
Some people measure purity by the gold standard. The gold standard is measured in the amount of pure goal in relationship to the impurities in the amount measured. For example, 24 karat gold means that measure of gold is 99.9% pure gold and one particle of impurity. 18 carat gold is 18 parts pure and six part impurities or 67% pure gold. A twelve karat piece would be 50% pure or half gold and half impurities.
So even the finest gold isn't entirely pure!
The purity of a diamond is always determined using a magnification factor of 10. There exist several categories of purity (listed in a decreasing order):
Pure: no impurities are seen
VVS: extremely small impurities, only identifiable by professionals
VS: very small impurities, hardly or not identifiable by non-professionals
SI: impurities visible to non-professionals
Pique: the impurities are visible, even without magnification
So a pure diamond is a possible, though rare!
I did some research on the standards for water to be determined pure but it was sort of disgusting so I quit.
The really good news is what the Psalmist declares - purity is possible for God's people!
Since God sets the standard for personal spiritual and moral purity and since He is pure and perfect in every way, when you know Him purity is possible!
Over the next few posts I will show you how it can be possible for you!
Here is a hint - Bible.....