1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 – For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his.
2 Timothy 2:21 – Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
Collasians 3:5 – Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
1 Timothy 5:22 – Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
Titus 2:5 – to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God
Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Many times when we think about purity it is related to sexual purity. I definitely made a commitment to the Lord when I first started this journey through salvation that I would save myself for marriage. Let me tell you how I came to this;
So I’m going to be really transparent, I used to be bisexual, had a porn addiction, and was filled to the brim with lust and “pride” (makes me nauseous just thinking about it). When I started to date this last guy I certainly did love him very much & I thought I wanted to marry and settle down. I used to have a “type” in both sexes and honestly that type left me on the curb broken every time. Specifically, this last time when I put everything I had into this one person (prior to Jesus) and I lost myself, he was a very abusive man but I loved him anyway for the damaged mess that he was. I don’t know why I am so naturally forgiving, I always have had a big heart. But when I got converted is when I realized my heart was decietful and desperately wicked but who can know it?! You see it takes spiritual strength that the natural mind cannot perceive. I just knew I needed to leave him. After that, I vowed to up my standards and not be a naiive, shallow, woman.
I wanted virtue.
The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Then God swoons in every time and is like nope! He sure gave me direct revelation! Praise Him! He ☝ said I could no longer be unequally yoked and that I couldn’t marry someone who isn’t dedicated to the LORD. I was like “but God, what if I help get him saved?” and the Lord said, “that’s my job, so as for you, you will serve me. (Matthew 6:24) you cannot serve us both, you must choose one and lose the other” It was hard to let go honestly, and I had to fight my flesh, not only with men but with the pornography as well. After much prayer, I finally dusted off my feet and stepped away from the world and toward Jesus for good. It became easy to let go the more I walk in HIS will for my life. I truly am so thankful that the veil was lifted off of me. With this world full of lust and leaven it isn’t easy for someone in my generation to turn from such wickedness. But once I did, by the grace of God; I began to create a beautiful relationship with our Father, or shall I say.. He created one with me.
I realized even the standards I was going to hold to for a worldly guy could never compare to a man of God.
I find myself letting Our Father take the lead and I am the least shallow person and I say that humbly. I do have standards ofcourse, but only now, whatever skin color, background or means a man comes from.. If there is lovely fruit on his tree, I know I’d be in great hands. The road is surely narrow and there are some super “fake” Christians out there I’ve noticed. So use discernment and align everything with the Word of God. Although, the Lord did bless me with a “nice complection” I guess I’d rather be shame-faced to avoid such demeaning interactions from men with ill intentions. This is part of why I made new social media accounts & have like 0-1 pictures of me and the rest for God is because it’s not about me.. It never was.
It’s all about HIM!
I picked up a ring the other day that said Purity on it and I just loved it. It’s so cool to be able to wear this ring as the beautiful reminder that i am HIS before i am anyone else’s. Saved, Pure and Bought with a Price! However, God’s word has A LOT to say about purity in regards to the heart, mind and soul.
To wear a purity ring (or to abstain in general from anything unclean) is to commit yourself to purity and that you present your body as a living sacrifice, Holy and blameless and that you treat yourself as His temple, to be obedient to His living Word and to not defile yourself with the wicked ways of the world. Moral purity should be our ultimate goal as we pursue to live in a way that honors God and remembers the sacrifice that Jesus made! I became a mom before I got saved so it’s obvious what I used to partake in and I thank the Lord everyday for turning me into a Godly woman 🙏 It’s not a label, it’s a lifestyle! Maybe someday I’ll replace this ring(or change how I wear it); should it be in HIS will alone! & I’m totally cool with whatever He has planned for me ❤️
And just know, if you struggle with lust and temptation, and give in, do know that you are not alone, but more importantly know that you ARE more than a conqueror through HIM who loves you and CAN overcome. But you cannot be passive.. if it’s necessary, go to sleep. Put your phone down, get off your laptop, don’t hang around the people who will influence you into feeding the desires of your flesh. In fact, don’t go anywhere tempting at all. The enemy is lurking, seeking whom he may devour. You have the tools to abstain, you have the tools to pull down the strongholds and say what God said, that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus, all old things pass away behold all things become new! Wait for your help meet, they deserve an honest person with a burning love and healthy fear for our Lord that you(& they) don’t even think about sex anymore. Masturbation included. Irregardless, respect your temple! ✝️ Because you were bought with a price, far more valuable than rubies.. 💎❤️