“Ruth, don't you know He says: 'For I the Lord thy God am a Jealous God?'
How often I have thought of that! He will not abide with a divided heart;
He must be first;
and, for myself, I did not for years keep Him first.
God was not in all my thoughts."
(Ruth Erskine’s Crosses, page 376)
One step to purity is to not have a “divided heart” – a heart focused on our dreams, our desires, and our passions cannot also be focused on God.