Are we really hearing her or him? Are we really hearing each other and the cries for help all around us? Or are we allowing ourselves to be blinded?
Are we crying out for help to regain our rights and the part the Purity plays?
Purity: It has to be one of the hardest virtues for us to understand and adhere to.
I remember being a teenager and 14, 15 (the highly overrated) 16 years old and on and on….
Hormones played a role but were only part of the big picture. Being a teenager or adolescent has to be the most misunderstood frame of time in a young person’s life. I’ll admit, I had more than my share of obstacles to deal with from 13-19!
But those pressures haven’t changed for kids today. Except that technological changes and social media have made current times a landmine of even greater challenges!
No one can escape what happens to their bodies with the onset of puberty – Hormones are what make us develop into the men and women we will become. However, I am less concerned about the physiological effects of hormones on the body. Purity should be your concern, OUR concern and our FOCUS.
Purity is about:
A Covenant – A promise
Societal pressures and cultural norms tend to shape our WorldView. But this is a backwards approach.
You are a person – boy or girl – with a beating heart, a mind and a soul.
You have a purpose and your attitude plays a part in that purpose.
Purity seems like such a vague term, doesn’t it? I mean, the idea of Purity seems so out of date, right?
The concept of Purity is one of them and culture wants us to believe it’s been all but lost. I tend to think that might be true, but is it? Does it have to be?
Why are we being encouraged to shed the image of purity for something else? Is there a benefit? What are the costs?
I am not writing this to start a debate. This blog has never been about “stirring the pot.”
I am writing as one member of The Church Body. In this case, Casting Crown’s song “If we are the Body” best illustrates this point
As a member, I am here to Encourage. To share what God asks me to. To help us think about our decisions and then understand WHY we did what we did? To seek God for those questions whose answers elude us.
Our behaviors our thoughts and attitudes are often influenced by other sources: movies, tv, advertising, the internet, social media. We can’t escape all of it but we do need to understand the machine and how it works.
Purity starts with the mind. It all breaks down to what you allow yourself to see and to hear. What do you pay attention to? Purity has little to do with matters of the heart.
Our state of purity was comprised in the Garden of Eden and we’ve struggled ever since.
Purity and Spirituality go hand in hand.
Mark 7:14-15 (NLT) describes Purity
14 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 15 It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”
What this means is that we must take our minds and focus on the Purity of God’s promises, Redemption and Mercy. The reason? Eve was PURE before the serpent approached her. He decided to lie to her and appeal to her inner desires (the heart) but proposing something that would bring her downfall. If we heed Eve’s lesson and recognize that we must protect our minds and bodies from the influences that abound we have much less chance of falling prey to the enemy’s schemes. Whether he tries to tempt us through our sexuality, drugs, or other idols.
TRUE Purity is giving Jesus the benefit of the doubt and giving Satan a kick in the rear and showing him the door.
Purity is our responsibility: Keeping our Mind, Body and Soul pure is not an old-fashioned idea. But the enemy is on the cultural bandwagon to have society think otherwise.
Please remember these words:
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
AND these words also
3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Whether you are seeking redemption from an addiction, a habit, a hang up or struggling with food, anorexia/bulimia, loss of virginity or a host of other issues – YOU can win the struggle. Give God and Jesus a chance. There is a way. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Thank you for your unending love. For always being willing to give us a second chance. For loving us enough in spite of our sin to gift us with your Son. While we aren’t worthy on our own you make us worthy because of your grace. Shower me, cleanse me, sanctify me and help me to STAND against the forces of evil and sin.
You are the light I want to follow, strengthen me and help me to abide in YOU. Amen.
Purity can be yours, take back from the enemy what belongs to YOU!