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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell


    The story may be a familiar one, but the truth it teaches is pertinent to the Christian nonetheless...

    In the forests of Northern Europe and Asia lives a little animal called the ermine. He is best known for his snow-white fur. Instinctively this small creature takes a peculiar pride in his glossy coat. He protects it at all cost against anything that would soil it. Fur hunters take cruel advantage of the ermine in this respect. They do not set a snare to catch him, but instead they find his home which is usually a cleft in a rock or a hollow in an old tree, and they daub the entrance and the interior with filth. Then their dogs start the chase. Frightened, the ermine flees toward his home. He finds it covered within and without with uncleanness, and so rather than soil his white fur he faces the yelping dogs and meets his death while preserving his purity. To the ermine purity is dearer than life.

We have the promise of cleansing.
    The Christian who makes his or her life in today’s world is subject to its grime and filth which is associated with sin. It is almost impossible to escape exposure to the muck and mire of sin’s residue. However, through Christ, we have the promise of cleansing. God’s Word teaches “He (Jesus) gave himself for us so he might pay the price to free us from all evil and to make us pure people who belong only to him—people who are always wanting to do good deeds.” (Titus 2:14 NCV).

    Today, take heart that although sin can tarnish our lives, it doesn’t have to become a permanent stain. Let’s also pursue purity with the same passion the ermine does, for purity lasts forever in the presence of God.

      Copyright (c) 2001, Timely Truths Ministries. Used by permission.
      Title: ""
      Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
      Publication Date: July 11, 2001


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