Pure Perception

"And he said, 'What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man." 1

"'No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel, but on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light." 2

The Wise Virgin's Lamp

My heart is a new jar of clay,
Which houses His pure Virgin oil;
I stand guard by it night and day,
To shield it from all that could spoil.

The new lamp of my mind is filled,
With oil from this jar of clay.
The dark is gone; the wrangling's stilled:
As one, my heart and mind with stay.

My senses see with this new light;
They feel the pull of the Spirit.
He truly has restored my sight;
His Word IS Life -- I now hear it!

When heart and mind are pure and free
Your light will shine for all to see.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Mark 7:20-23
2. Luke 7: 33-36