10 For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others.
I really like the use of "useless talk". I think oftentimes we find ourselves forgetting the value and power of the spoken word, therefore, we abuse it continuously, sometimes unbeknownst to ourselves! Paul calls these people "rebellious", which is a pretty strong word when you know he's not talking about teeny-bopper rebellion. Also, following this verse, he points out the people who blaspheme and contort the Word for money. I thought it was interesting that he puts those that spread myths about the Word and something as "simple" as engaging in useless talk at the same level of wrongdoing! I guess it's also indicative of how, to God, sin is sin. Anyways, this verse challenged me to really watch what I say, for "useless talk" that doesn't cultivate anything, can be treated as as bad a sin as any other!
15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted.
I really like that line. "Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure." It makes perfect sense, bc how can purity come out of something that is impure? What I retraced this line of thought back to was when Sam talked about how cultivating the Spirit in your heart is the only way to grow the Fruits of the Spirit. How can we gain these characteristics if we haven't the seeds to sow them, right? In the same way, we can't hope to lead pure lives, if there are still blatant impurities about us. I don't think Paul is asking us to be perfect, because we know that perfection lies in only Christ, but he's saying that we need to at least make an effort to eliminate all that is corrupt and is bogging down our lives. If there is a sin that you are struggling with, you can't pursue purity until you make an effort to make it clean.