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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Purity does not Start or end on the day we say “I do.”

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By: Godly Woman Daily

"Create in me a Pure Heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." - Psalm 51:10 

Purity:
The bible makes it clear that we are to live a lifestyle of purity. True love waits. And while you’re waiting for your true love, keep your heart, thoughts and words pure as well. It’s convicting and humbling when we realize that purity doesn’t stop when we say “I do.” We are all called to live pure lifestyles, with pure hearts and pure thoughts. Being Pure in every area of our lifestyle is a continuing process and We are all works in progress through God!

So, 'what is Purity?' 
Purity means pure, not contaminated, mixed, or blended with anything else—not one small thing!

A little something added to a pure substance makes the whole substance impure. Purity must involve the whole person.  You cannot be half-pure.  Purity must be a complete lifestyle.  Whether you are with your friends, family, or alone, a pure lifestyle is consistent no matter who else is around.  Purity spans far beyond sex. It is being blameless in every area of your life.  That’s so difficult!  But it’s something to work toward and pray for help to become. For the Christian, it’s our destiny in heaven!  The moment we see Jesus Christ face to face we will be like him—totally pure and perfected.

Folks, we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when Jesus appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure (1 John 3:2-3). Understanding what purity is, naturally leads us to wonder who decided -- what purity is?

Who Defines Purity?
Is it the Oxford Dictionary, Noah Webster, Oswald Chambers or even Elisabeth Eliot the authority and standard for purity? They can help us understand it, but they are/were not perfectly pure people either.  So, who decided what purity is?  Who can really show us what purity is? Well, the answer falls to one Man.  His name is Jesus.  Jesus Christ is our picture and author of purity.  He is the only totally pure, totally perfect One. Read these words of truth about Jesus Christ:

He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth - I Peter 2:22

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God - 2 Corinthians 5:21

Only someone totally pure can show us the difference between purity and impurity. Think about it.  Imagine a really smelly, filthy,dirty person. Maybe they haven’t taken a bath in a year. Imagine that “filthy” person trying to teach a dirty little child what “clean” means and trying to show them how to be “clean”. It just wouldn't work!  A “dirty” person cannot give a true picture or standard of what “clean” is unless he is first clean himself.  It’s the same with purity. Only someone totally clean and pure can set the standard for purity and show us how to be clean and pure. Jesus Christ set the standard. He is the only Man to ever live a totally pure, totally perfect life. His is the life to which we can compare ours and get a good picture of where we fall in regard to purity. Jesus is the Only One true definition of purity. 

Areas of Purity:
As we said earlier, purity spans far beyond sex.  A pure life involves Every Area. That is what God desire for you. We must to learn to live a life that is pleasing to God in every area of our lifestyle. For example:

-Relationships: (friends, parents/family, God)
Purity demonstrated in your relationships would mean freedom from lying, deception, selfishness, and disobedience.  Purity is truthful, loving and selfless.

- Academic:
Academic purity would involve no cheating!

- Athletic:
Athletic purity involves no cheating, no dishonest gain, no selfishness, lying, or deception.

- Entertainment:
Purity here consists of no activities or pictures (still or video) that tempt you or try to display impurity as something good.

- Work:
Purity at work involves no gossip, laziness, deception, or disobedience.

- Sexual:
This consists of no pre-marital sex, no impure thoughts, activities, or actions; not treating others (or allowing someone to treat you) selfishly; nothing inconsistent with God’s design for you and your body.

Some Important Things to Know as We Pursue Purity:

Foundation 1: The truth is, there is a Moral Standard for a pure life. Society may lie and try to convince you that there is no standard, or that something can be right or wrong depending on each person and how you feel or would like to interpret it.  But that is a lie.  There is a moral standard and those guidelines can be found in the Bible.  What the Bible contains is truth about God and His standards.  We will base our standard for purity on the instructions and encouragement found in the Bible.

Foundation 2: There is Absolute Truth.  Absolute Truth means it can never be proven wrong or found faulty.  It is absolutely true, absolutely all the time.  Absolute Truth never leaves room for an exception.  You must know, there is Absolute Truth, and it is God and His Word, the Bible.  God created us and everything in the world.  God is perfect.  So therefore, his Word will never be imperfect or untrue.  He is Absolute Truth and His Word is absolutely true.  You cannot ever prove Him wrong or find fault in Him.  We may think sometimes that we know better or that God made a mistake, but given all the information God has, we would agree with Him every time.  He is 100% true and His words found in the Bible are 100% true.

It is important to make sure you understand there is Absolute Truth and where it is found.  It is our goal to direct you to the source of the Truth—God revealed to us through Jesus Christ and His Word—so that you can discover a lifetime of Truth that applies to every day and every situation.


Scripture to Consider:

"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.  For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave."    - Psalm 86:11-13

“O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.” - Song of Solomon 2:7

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”  - Ephesians 5:1-3

“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” - 2 Timothy 2:22

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
 - 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” 
- Proverbs 4:23-27

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” - 2 Corinthians 7:1

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” - 1 Cor. 10:13

“Finally, brothers, 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.” 
- Philippians 4:8

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” - Psalm 119:9

Let's say some of us have not kept this purity and has sinned - please do not worry - All you have to do is - Go to God. He is ALL loving, ALL caring, merciful and will pardon your sin if you truly repent from your heart and Quit sinning in those areas of your life. You can start over fresh BY accepting Jesus in your heart. By the pure blood of Jesus, that He shed for us will cleanse us from ALL our impurities and make us clean. Talk to God. Pray about every area of your life and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus! Be lead by the Holy Spirit of God in everyday of your life!  Be pure, stay pure and protect your purity. Ask God and He will help you do this in Christ Jesus. Amen. God Bless. 
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