“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).
First pure. Create in me a clean heart, O Lord. The Israelites were taught to go through rites of purification. No one but the pure could enter the Holy of holies. The Lord will have only the purified with Him in the new creation. Blessed are the pure in heart. So you see how important this is and why it is first on the list. Pure first, then the other fruit of the Holy Spirit are grown and added in.
Lord, create in me that which needs to be created. Do it in the order in which it needs to be done. Through all that You intend, help me to have an attitude which looks to You for all things so that through You, that which You are creating in me may be made complete. Guide me away from the way of the world and into Your way of truth and righteousness. Lead me, Lord, now and forever in the holy way of truth.
Lord Jesus, You came to do all that You set out to accomplish. I see only a part of it. Guide me, Lord, now and forever so that I would not stop growing spiritually until You have accomplished in me that which You have set out to do. When You said be perfect as the Father is perfect, You were not merely making a suggestion. Lead me Lord in order that in following You, I would make progress in the steps of being made complete through Your grace. Amen.