The Foe of Corruption

In the early 1900’s, in New York City, was a man worth millions.He made his fortune through hard work, honesty, and integrity. His manprayingoutsidewhitebuilding employees loved him, due to his fairness and generosity. He even knew dozens of them by name.

Being a faithful Christian, attending church was as natural as breathing.

During prayer meetings, he would rise, and with a face that shined, would say, “Practice the presence of God.” His life was a profound influence, for good and godliness, for both young and old.

When he died, his picture was carried in a three-column width on the front page of the paper. Underneath his picture was his name, together with the date of his birth and death, and a single eulogistic line.

The line did not say how much money he had, or speak of the great industrial plant he had built, or the social position he held.

The line was a simple quotation from the Bible.

It read, “Whatsoever things are pure.” 1

David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10).

“Practice the presence of God.”The word “clean” means “to shine, to be bright, to be clean morally, splendor, glory, pureness of heart.” 2  

Thomas a’ Kempis expressed, “Oh, how needful for me is purification – the cleansing from my sins! Give unto me to fight manfully against the world, the flesh, and the devil; and, with a determined heart to repel every temptation that shall assail me.” 3

A minister once said to a man, “It is not difficult to be a saint when one is secluded in his own home, shut up in his own study, insulated against the problems and temptations of life. Go out into the world; mix with people, and if you can still remain pure and lofty, as holy as a saint, you will indeed have proven true greatness.” 4

“Filth brings decay, but cleanness is the great foe of corruption.” 5 


 1. Norman Vincent Peale, You Can Win, Garden City Books, Garden City, New York, Copyright 1938, pp. 106 – 107.
2. Al Novak, Hebrew Honey, J. Countryman Publishers, P. O. Box 90776, Houston, TX, 77290, Copyright 1987, p. 38.
3. Christian Clippings, November, 2000.
4. Morris Mandel, A Complete Treasury of Stories for Public Speakers, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, N.Y., 11379, Copyright 1974, p. 345.
5. C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume One, Psalm I to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA., p. 273.

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