Purity is a topic that I hardly ever talk about. I always think to myself, ” isn’t purity related to perfection? If it is, then doesn’t that mean that there is no one of us that is really pure? If this is true, then why do we even need to talk about it anymore? But why am I even talking about this now? Why is purity all of a sudden relevant?”
When God told me to write about this topic I was surprised. It all started this past weekend in Dallas. After coming back from such an empowering EP release, I was moved to go and find a quiet place to pray somewhere in our hotel. I was riled up because I had seen the other side of obedience, now I too wanted to be obedient. I prayed to God for the strength to do all that He tells me to do. I wanted to see what lied on the other side of the door labeled obedience, so I asked, “ok God what is my next step, what should I do now?” Guess what He said, “write a post about purity.”
Like usual I brushed it off because it sounded weird. I thought to myself, “of all the mighty battles that I can be fighting in His name, He wants me to write a post about purity? Ok sure.” At the moment I agreed with my words but my heart was like “yeah right”. I thought it was one of the devil’s attempts to shame my family name. So I went to sleep without thinking much about it.
The next morning guess what the hotel room topic of the day was? Yep you guessed right, purity. It’s always interesting to see how God manages to confirm the instructions He gives me whenever I doubt Him. It’s funny because I truly do believe In His existence but when He does something to show me that He really is in fact speaking to me, I’m more than likely always shook. lol
The next thought that popped into my mind as the girls began discussing was “dang now I foreal have to write this post.” Fear then began to fill my heart. I thought about how people might feel uncomfortable after seeing the title or offended by what I have to say. But the Holy Spirit quickly reminded me of the unhealthy thought process that has kept me from doing the will of God for far too long. So Monday morning here I was writing this post. I shifted those irrelevant thoughts to the back of my mind for the sake of being obedient.
The word purity usually is connected to the word sex or better yet abstinence from it. But a quick statement helped me see that there’s so much more to this word than I thought. After recovering from the fact that I was once again being pursued by God, I was able to tune into the bedside conversation just in time to hear “being a virgin doesn’t make you pure.” In my head I thought, “say it again for the people in the balcony.”
The world really needs to hear this. There are so many people who use their abstinence from sex as a way into the purity club. But sexual purity that is NOT brought on from purity of the heart is not purity at all. Lusting after someone privately in your heart but refraining from being with them physically does not make you pure. Seeing how far you can go but still remain pure does not make you pure. In fact let’s go a little deeper.
Purity does not just reside in the sexual realm. We can be pure in regards to our intentions towards our various relationships. We can also be pure in regards to why we desire the things that we want. The Bible’s definition of purity is to be morally clean without blemish. Google defines purity as the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc. In my head, as I read this, I thought to myself, “if purity means lack of contamination, then who among us is really truly pure?” News Break: True purity doesn’t mean you have never sinned.
“Purity is a life style. It’s an everyday mode of being.”
Living in this world has exposed us to so many perverted things. The unfortunate things that we see and hear only add to our already sinful nature. The love of money, malice against thy neighbor, distrust in God, etc, are all evidence that our hearts and minds have been contaminated by societal norms. Even though we don’t always speak or act on our sinful feelings doesn’t make us any purer than the people who do. In Matthew 5:28, Jesus tells his disciples that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Which means that they have sinned without having been with her physically.
“Biblical purity… true purity… is a free gift that was purchased for us by the only One who was ever truly pure.”
In this life the only human being that was ever pure was Jesus Christ for he did not allow himself to be contaminated by sin. Therefore, it’s not by our own strength that we are able to flee from impure thoughts or actions but through the immense power of the God that lives within us. No one can boast about being pure because we all have sinned and have fallen short of glory. But it is Jesus who willingly shed his blood for us that makes us clean each and everyday day.
It is the act of dying to our flesh daily and submitting to God that keeps us pure. Purity is not a choice, it is an instruction from God. Nonetheless, purity in itself is not a choice but the desire to remain pure is. We must let God do a good thing in us by allowing ourselves to be transformed through the renewal of our minds. Whether we believe it or not, Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross makes us pure.
We cannot continue to buy into the lie that no one is really pure so why strive for purity. Purity is a special gift that was given to us by God and is not only given to women. Men need to be pure too. In regards to sexual purity, as God’s children we must be able to protect our purity along with the purity of the person we want to be with or are currently with. And that’s when grace comes in. But in all, we should have a pure heart with everything that we do. Our intentions for each and every day should always be good. It’s when we start trying to “work” towards being pure by our own strength that things start to go down hill. But why would we need to work for something that has already been given to us? We merely have to keep our eyes on Jesus as we strive to REMAIN pure.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8 NIV