I am called to be… pure.
In today’s society some people look down on those who are trying to live a pure life by refraining from sex. The sad part is that most people really only see purity as dealing with sex. Girls wear purity rings as a sign of saving it until marriage. But what I want to do today is break that habit of saying purity is only about sex, because it is about that but also a lot more.
What is purity? What does the word pure mean?
The word pure and purity can be defined in many different ways, in most cases it comes down to being clean and of one kind. Dictionary.com defines pure as free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind. It also defines purity as the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence. physical chastity; virginity.
Most individuals view purity as refraining from sex and living a life that is not sexual at all. But recently after starting a Purity Challenge (which can be found at settingcaptivesfree.com) I realized that purity isn’t just about sex, but it goes beyond that. Purity is a lifestyle, the means to living a life after God’s heart. Have you ever thought about why you may feel distant from God? Have you thought that maybe you feel distant is because of the way you are living today?
Think of some areas in life that are relying on purity or show that you may or may not be pure. What about these areas?
Relational: (friends, parents/family, God) Purity demonstrated in your relationships would be free from lying, deception, selfishness, disobedience. Instead it would be truthful, loving and selfless.
Academic: Academic purity would involve no cheating!
Athletic: Athletic purity involves no cheating, no dishonest gain, no selfishness, lying, or deception.
Entertainment: Purity here consists of no activities or pictures (still or video) that tempt you or try to display impurity as something good.
Work: Purity at work involves no gossip, laziness, deception, or disobedience.
Sexual: This consists of no pre-marital sex, no impure thoughts, activities, or actions; not treating others (or allowing someone to treat you) selfishly; nothing inconsistent with God’s design for you and your body.
As I said before purity is a lifestyle, one that is not easy. When we try to change how we are living now to be more Christ-like and to be pure we are hit with temptation and are distracted from what we mean to accomplish. That, my friends, is the Devil’s work; his whole goal is to keep us from living for God and being able to acquire the Kingdom of Heaven.
Here are some verses to think about when talking about being pure:
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” – Psalm 119:9
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” Phil. 2:13-16a
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” – 2 Timothy 2:22
“And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” – 1 John 3:3
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:5
Some important things to know as we pursue purity… (taken from Purity Challenge at settingcaptivesfree.com)
Foundation #1. The truth is, there is a moral standard for a pure life. Society may lie and try to convince you that there’s no standard, or that something can be right or wrong depending on each person and how you feel or would like to interpret it. But that is a lie. There is a moral standard and those guidelines can be found in the Bible. What the Bible contains is Truth about God and His standards. We will base our standard for purity on the instructions and encouragement found in the Bible.
Foundation #2. There is Absolute Truth. Absolute Truth means it can never be proven wrong or found faulty. It is absolutely true, absolutely all the time. Absolute Truth never leaves room for an exception. You must know, there is Absolute Truth, and it is God & His Word- the Bible. God created us and everything in the world. God is perfect. So therefore, his Words will never be imperfect or untrue. He is Absolute Truth and His Words are absolutely true. You cannot ever prove him wrong or find fault in him. We may think sometimes that we know better or that God made a mistake, but given all the information God has, we would agree with Him every time. He is 100% true and His words found in the Bible are 100% true.
It is important for us to make sure that you understand there is Absolute Truth and where it’s found. Because, no matter how well we communicate Truth to you and the importance of purity, we will still have flaws and shortcomings in our best efforts, because we are still flawed until we see Jesus. But by directing you to the source of Truth – God revealed to us through Jesus Christ and His Word- you can discover a lifetime of Truth that applies to every day and every situation.
Here’s a verse to think about for today. You can make it a prayer.
“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” Ps 86:11-13
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