Purity. Isn’t that just for single people or those who have claimed a life of celibacy?
Usually when you hear that word it’s used in the same sentence as a youth minister’s Wednesday night lesson. It certainly is a battlefield that seems to have few victories in the lives of teens and singles. But in my study of this word, I had to accept the fact that purity isn’t meant for a selected few.
…I must lead a life of purity.
God calls us all to lead a life of purity in all things. That means all are responsible to seek it. And that means, in my day to day living. The book of Titus is power packed with purity truth.
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. Titus 1:15
“ . . . that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored.” Titus 2:5
“ . . . in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine . . .” Titus 2:7
“ . . . our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself up for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession . . .” Titus 2:13-14
Living a life of purity means that we offer our bodies as living sacrifices to the pure ways of God. It’s about moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, day-to-day offerings of obedience in doing right and godly behavior. It’s about honoring God with our thoughts, attitudes, words and actions. It’s about choosing the path of righteousness and fleeing from the stumbling blocks that the enemy uses to easily entangle our hearts. It’s about not looking temptations in the face and saying your stronger. It’s about turning your back on what you know is the wrong thing to do, it’s about saying “no”, for the first time and again and again.
It’s about not being broken over pleasure but about being broken for purity.
Starting right now.
It’s about resisting and not giving your innocence away. It’s about keeping purity for God to guard and protect. It’s about renewal, restoration, and sanctification. It’s about resisting the enemy’s schemes to tempt us back toward the impure, ungodly behaviors, in all its forms. It’s about not flirting with the things you know you shouldn’t have. It’s about confronting your ungodly behavior. It’s about repenting your sins and making a new start. It’s about taking our minds that were once defiled and renewing them with the purity of God’s Word.
Purity is the spiritual fabric that reaches our souls. Impurity sets in one small tiny shift action at a time. It escalates fast and soon becomes a slippery slope of darkness that you want to keep secret and hide. It infects with underlying deceit that erodes our soul, affects our walk with God and dims our witness for Christ.
We can’t live a life of purity without Christ. We can’t live a life of purity apart from Christ. And in finding Christ we find purity, and the fellowship of Holiness. So press forward towards purity.
Ready to start?
Write out a list of your sins, your struggles, your weakness, your temptations. Ask God to show you truth that confronts it and defeats it. God will reveal His answers so that you can make changes, because He desires your purity. It’s His will for your life that you only find satisfaction in Him.
We naturally seek to fill ourselves with all the wrong ungodly goop that kills our quest for purity.
Pray through Ephesians 5. Read it again. And again. Pray for purity passions that penetrate to your deepest parts. So that you may know the perfect, good and pleasing will of God our Father.
A Holy life waits.