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How do we stay pure?
In the last post, Part One, What is Purity?, I explained what purity truly is, not what society or church says it is. It’s what God’s Word says it is. There’s more to purity than saving your virginity for your marriage.
It’s an attitude,
a commitment to a certain way of life.
So, how do we stay pure, especially when we’re bombarded with all kinds of seductive influences?!
How to Stay Pure
Here’s what God’s Word says:
Philippians 4:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Here’s another translation:
Philippians 4:8 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
So, God’s Word gives us a measurement by which we can hold all our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, temptations, etc. By thinking about what the Bible says about this, we know that if things are not worthy of praise, they are not pure thoughts.
Let’s put that into perspective. Think about some kind of thing you’re struggling with. Let’s say it’s saying hurtful things about other girls behind their backs. Put that into the measurement above (the verses above) and see if it’s something worth praising God for. Should God be praised and honored by your words? He should, but do hurtful words honor and give praise to Him? I don’t think so. This is NOT what purity is, and it is NOT how we live pure lives. This is NOT what God wants; it’s what Satan wants.
What Can You Do To Stay Pure?
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees..” (Psalm 119:9-12, NIV)
God has given us a way to live that is pure or at least leads us along a pure pathway. We find this pathway through His Word and through our prayers with Him.
Psalm 119:1-8 The Message (MSG)
119 1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course,
walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road he set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what you tell me to do;
don’t ever walk off and leave me.
Well, this all sounds fine and dandy, you might say. But it’s not that easy!
God never promised us that the path would be without rocks, bumps, dips, and ditches. But, He did promise us salvation through Christ and once we are saved, He promised us the Holy Spirit would live within us.
We always have Him with us even on the rough roads of life.
Yes, we might fall and skin our knees, but
He is there to pick us up, hug us tight, and hold our hands while we heal.
Staying pure means living a life that is pleasing to God. One that follows His rules. He is our Heavenly Father Who knows what’s best for us. We just need to
follow the path with obedient hearts, and He will help us through it all.
Next time I’ll address the fact that you’re young and want to be liked and wanted by others. Part 3 What Do I Do When I Don’t Want To Be Pure will look at temptations and what to do when you’re stuck. I hope to see you then.