It’s enough to make you cry! You know what I mean . . the stinging sensation when your eyes began to burn after jumping into a swimming pool. Up to this point, you may have attributed the red eyes and stinging to chlorine in the water. I hate to be the one who breaks the news to you, but chlorine isn’t the chemical culprit: It’s urine.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that when pool goers go in the pool, the urine binds with the chlorine and produces chloramine. Not only is chloramine an eye irritant, it is also a derivative of ammonia that can cause respiratory problems among some swimmers.
If you find the thought of little tykes tinkling in the pool a bit disgusting, think about your stream of sins from God’s perspective. Jesus said, “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution (Mark 7:20-23 from The Message).”
Are the habits that define you ones of pollution or purity? Are they mortifying to God or glorifying to Him? I encourage you to live a life that glorifies God by clothing yourself “with a holy way of life: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).”