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"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8

Monday, July 4, 2011

Why Stay Pure?

By Ana Renee


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I have heard numerous reasons why a girl should “stay pure,” but I believe the most important reason is often skipped.

 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

We can strive to remain pure for our future husband, but how much greater is it to have our desire for purity based strictly on pleasing God and becoming better suited to serve Him?

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20-21)

If our life is focused on attracting men, longing for a husband, thinking about boys, and living an impure lifestyle, our vessel cannot be “meet for the Master’s use.” To become a “vessel unto honor” in God’s eye, one must purge oneself of something; the next verse tells us what:

 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)

Purged from these youthful lusts {lusts here means “a longing, especially for what is forbidden”}, one is then fit to serve Christ! To cleanse ourselves, we must follow righteousness, faith, charity, and peace. But it is a difficult choice. It is easy to lapse into a life of daydreams or to fall into the arms of a man (either in real life or in a dream). To battle against those desires, one must work . . . sometimes very hard. You might be asking, “Is it worth it?”

“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” (1Thessalonians 4:7)

By deciding to cleanse ourselves, we are not only freeing ourselves from the bondage of lusts, impurities, sin, and dishonor, we are choosing to obey God.

 “. . . Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)

 “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3)

Now I must ask you, “Is it worth it?” Obedience in the sight of God is of great value . . . and so is purity. A choice stands before each of us today: will we continue in the sins of the flesh, tainted and unfit to be used for Christ, or will we embrace purity – with His help – and become a vessel “meet for the Master’s use?”

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“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5)

4 comments:

Miriam said...

So nicely written, Ana Renee! Purity is definitely worth it, even as hard as it may seem.
With the Lord's help, we can do anything!! ;)
Love your sister in Christ,
~Miriam~

Rubies Like Ruth said...

Very true: with God's help, we can do anything!

~Ana Renee

Meggie said...

Thanks Ana. I only just recently read a post about modesty on another blog, and why we do it, but this I believe was left out. :) I think everyone just thinks that this reason is so obvious they dont state it, or even think about it. But we should be thinking about what God wants of us, instead of what would be best for us.

Your sister in Christ,

Meggie

Rubies Like Ruth said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Meggie. Having our eyes fixed on God and our motives pure before Him is all that matters.

~Ana Renee

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