I think purity can seem self-explanatory, but having a better understanding of what purity is and how to walk in the path of purity, we are better equipped to live the lifestyle. As I was studying for this post, I was completely bombarded with scripture and revelation. I had a deer in head lights look as I tried to fit all the things I learned into one post. There are so many verses and stories and lines that can be connected, but it can be narrowed down to this; purity is a fruit of righteousness. Righteousness is living set apart, in such a way that shows you belong to God.
God called us to be righteous and holy, and both have to do with perfectness. God knew we couldn’t do this all on our own, so His Son, Jesus, took our sinful selves to the cross and made us righteous. 2 Corinthians 5:21 reads, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” We are now the righteousness of God. Of God. We belong to Him, and we have a new standard of living.
We find that standard in God’s Word, specifically in Galatians 5 where we are told what not to do, and what to do. Flesh (no) vs. Spirit (yes). The works of the flesh are sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, division, envy, drunkenness, and wild parties (Gal. 5:19-21). The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). In Galatians 5:16, we are cautioned to walk in the Spirit so we don’t commit these works of the flesh. Galatians 5:24-25 reads, “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Holy means sanctified, and sanctified means set apart. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 reads, “For God did not call us to live impure, but to live a holy life (NIV).” Romans 12:2 reads, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (NKJV).” This is a call to live in such a way that shows we belong to God!
So now we walk in obedience of His word and His way. We make intentional decisions to walk in the Spirit and not of the world. I will ALWAYS make this point: so much of our Christianity is making intentional decisions. Who we date. Where we go on dates. The boundary line. The shows we watch. The music we listen to. The books we read. Even the thoughts we choose to entertain. Reader, we have to guard what we put into our hearts and minds, especially living in the world we live in! We have to be intentional with our decision making so we don’t end up in a bed we shouldn’t be in. This may seem impossible to you, but you must remember you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you and empowering you to walk in the Spirit.
Purity is a fruit of righteousness. It is something that comes out as we live according to God’s word. Philippians 1:10-11 reads, “That you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ…(NIV)” Romans 13:14 reads, “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh (NIV).”
The actual definition of purity is freedom from contamination, and that’s exactly what Jesus gave us, freedom from sin. Freedom from the works of the flesh. Purity results in living in such a way that shows you belong to God. It is living set apart. How does this look in regards to waiting until marriage? Shutting down lustful desires, self-control, and putting on Jesus. If you’re unsure then ask yourself, does this show that I belong to God?
I keep getting chills when I think about living in such a way that shows I belong to God. I am a daughter of God and I want nothing more than to be a reflection of Jesus. And I am so thankful to Jesus for making a way for me to live this life. I am who I am by the grace of God and salvation of Jesus.
Friends, we are not alone in this. Jesus is so present and His love is so powerful. Rest in that!
Until next week,
Love, Sarah Lynn
Oh Jesus, I thank You for taking our sins to the cross. Thank you for freeing us from contamination. We are completely undeserving of You, but You love us so much. Help us live according to God’s word. Strengthen us and empower us to walk in the Spirit. Keep our eyes on You when the world tries to pull us away from the path of purity. You are so good, and we are so blessed. Keep us under Your shelter. In Your name I pray, Amen.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word.” – Psalm 119:9
Here is the post summarized in case it was just too much: Jesus (Salvation) —-> God’s Word —-> Obedience —-> Purity
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