In today’s generation, purity is very low on the list of priorities. Kids are being taught to practice safe sex rather than no sex and choosing to remain pure until marriage is almost taboo. However, the Bible puts a huge emphasis on living purely.
1 Corinthians 6:18 says this, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”
Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be un-defiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
Ephesians 5:5 says, “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person- such a person is an idolater- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
Purity may not seem like a big deal but obviously it was pretty important to God. Living in purity may not seem like a big deal but it truly is. When you’re living in impurity (and I speak from experience) you’re going to have constant feelings of emptiness, guilt, and shame. It’s going to damage your self-esteem and perhaps the most terrifying, you will not be able to feel God’s presence (John 14:21 says that Jesus reveals himself to those who keep His commandments.)
I know living in purity is hard; trust me, I’ve struggled with it greatly. However, it can be done and I want to share a few things that have helped me walk in purity. I think they may help you as well:
1. Get rid of the impure
Moderate what’s going into your mind because it directly affects what comes out. Be careful of the music you listen to, the book you read, the t.v. shows and movies you watch because they open the doorway to impure thoughts which lead to impure actions.
2. Set boundaries
If you are in a relationship with someone who you have had sex with and you are now desiring to live in purity, you need to set boundaries and be firm with them. Let them know that you have changed, why you’ve changed, and tell them you’re not going to live in sin anymore. (P.S. It is never too late to decide to live in purity.)
3. Get a purity ring
A purity ring is not only a symbol of your promise to God to everyone around you but also a reminder to yourself. Every time I look down and see my purity ring I remember what I promised to God and I’m given an extra little boost to stay strong.
4. Haters gonna hate
Accept that there’s going to be people that make fun of you for your decision. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been called a prude or have had someone roll their eyes at me because I’ve decided to live in purity. Just hold your head high and remember why you are living in purity.
There’s no way you can live in purity on your own. Trust me, I tried and I failed every single time. The only way you will make it is if you seek God. Every morning I pray for God to give me the strength it takes to live in purity and then I continue praying that several times throughout the day.
I’d like to close this post in prayer:
God, I pray for each and every person who reads this. I ask that you will guard their hearts and give them the strength it takes to live in purity in an impure world. Let them know they are not alone in this walk. In Jesus’ name, Amen!