Purity, is it something that is a high priority for me? The term purity is often used today in relation to physical struggles, but it can also refer to purity of the thoughts or words. Today, we will focus on purity in terms of the physical struggle. In Matthew 5:8 the bible tells us, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. Ponder on how great it would be to feel God, and see His hands
working in our lives. If you want this in your life you must struggle to achieve purity. Keeping yourself pure, is about taking the active steps.
The first step, is to pick up yourself immediately if you fall. Just like if we were to fall on the ground, we are not going to lay there for hours or days, we will want to get up right away. So, whether you have done the action or had a bad thought, do not just sit there but take practical steps to get you back on track again right away.
Next, struggling with purity is going to need a lot of support, and you can find it by engaging in church services with pure intentions. What does this mean? It means asking yourself before I go to church, who am I going for? Am I there because I want to know God more and I want him to help me, or is it because “I can’t wait to see what he is wearing”, or “I wonder if she will notice my fresh hair cut”.
Thirdly, God makes it very clear to us about purity when he says “Do not lay hands suddenly on anyone, and do not partake of other men’s sins. Keep yourself pure (1 Timothy 5:22)”. That’s it God? But how? The answer is, move away from your trigger and move closer to God. The triggers are different for everyone. For example, it could be the smell of cologne, having private conversations, or watching a certain show. If I know what my trigger is that leads me away from purity I must avoid it and ask God to give me strength.
Lastly, keep reminding yourself that this is not a punishment. God doesn’t want to make you feel like a loser, He wants to work on you and use you for good things in this world. When it seems like a struggle to us, it is honourable in Gods eyes. Why? Because each time you resist the temptation you show God that He matters to you above any brief moment of satisfaction. With Gods grace purity can be achieved, so let Him take control. Don’t try to control God in your life because this will end up in a complete disaster. In Ephesians 5:5 the bible tells us, “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God”. The next time you ask, why is purity so important? Remember that without it, you cannot seek God.