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What About Purity?
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Purity. That word again. But what is it really all about? Why is it so important? Where do you draw the line? As a young person myself, it’s something I’ve pondered and prayed and thought about. With our raging hormones, and head up in the clouds, it can be difficult to draw the line in different contexts. But in the Bible, God has called us to a life of purity, so it is our joy to obey Him in that way. Let’s talk about exactly what that means.

There are different areas of our life that involve purity. Most of us might think it only has to do with relationships. But that’s not the case. In Philippians 4:8 it says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” That means we need to carry out purity in what we behold and think about as well in our relationships. This includes movies, Facebook, the internet, books, magazines, YouTube, and you name it.

For example, let’s discuss YouTube. When you sit at your computer and go to YouTube, you have the opportunity to look at just about anything you want. You have a choice to either maintain your purity, or degrade it. Something that has really helped me, is to picture Jesus sitting beside me in whatever I’m doing. I think, “Is this something that I could picture Jesus watching with me?” That really can be an eyeopener. So before you click on a movie ponder that.

He Knows Best

Purity is important in our relationships. But then rises that all to famous question, how far is too far? In my opinion, that’s the wrong question. Instead, we should be asking, how much can I defend the purity of my life? There are arguments about keeping our heart for one person, or the impossibility of that. I stand on the ground that it is very important for guys and girls to have casual friendships with members of the opposite sex. But in terms of a close relationship, I always tell myself this: If God has in mind for me to marry, then He has one person out there for me. Not a dozen for me to choose from; just one. He knows best, and He has picked best. So if you are not the age to marry, why get in a relationship and cheat yourself from the mate God already has picked out for you?

This is only brushing the surface of this very important topic, but I hope that what I’ve shared will give you some food for thought, so that you can make thoughtful choices to maintain purity in your own life.

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