I’m beginning to feel like these posts are my personal diary entries. So if you see me start putting, “Dear Diary” at the beginning, just go ahead and read them and then black-mail me later…
Do you ever feel like you’re in an uphill battle where purity is concerned?
Honestly, the thought, “What’s the point?”, has run through my head more than once. I mean everywhere you turn, every movie, and every song, seem to paint the same picture – the picture that says purity is old school and pointless. Seriously, when was the last time you watched a movie or TV show where sex wasn’t portrayed in a casual light?
This is the what the world throws at us. And then we wonder why we question our values when it comes down to the wire? I mean what do we really expect? We surround ourselves with garbage (maybe not intentionally, but garbage none-the-less) and then we expect ourselves to always make the right choices?
The thing is, we have to have enough in us to combat what the world is feeding us, if we want to make the right decisions, at the right time.
The question is purity right?
It’s a funny thing, but did you know that being pure isn’t a question about whether you’re a virgin or not… Shocking right? In reality purity is more accurately a question regarding the heart.
Think of this – “Don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.” Matthew 5:28 MSG
You can be virgin and not be pure of heart and vice versa. So don’t give me the “it’s to late for me” spiel. It’s never too late! (So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1)
Think of Rahab, a prostitute who changed her life and is now listed in the lineage of Jesus! Talk about redemption! (The story of Rahab can be found in Joshua 2).
So, according to Matthew 5:28, purity starts in the mind. That means what we watch and listen to does indeed have an impact on us(whether we care to admit it or not). Media is simply a gateway the mind can use to go places it shouldn’t. And while you can’t always avoid everything the world throws at you, you can control where you allow your mind to wander.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says we are to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”, and we do that by putting more into our heads than what’s on TV or the radio.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8 MSG
While it may at times feel like an unending uphill battle, the truth is, we are not in this battle alone. It’s only through the grace of God that we are ever able to make the right decisions in any area of are life, and the same goes in the area of purity. God promises in His Word that He will never leave us, so that means we have someone we can turn to for help, anytime, day or night.