That Whole "Purity" Thing

1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

The Bible talks about purity many times. So do some people. But what does purity mean to you personally?
Make a list of words that remind you of purity (or things that remind you of purity). Or draw pictures. Here are a few things that come into my head when I think of purity:

Waiting to kiss until marriage
A glass of clear, clean water
NOT having premarital sex
Striving towards God's plan and purpose and staying as far away from sin as possible
Untouched snow

Are some of the words on your list similar to the words listed above? Now, decide (or evaluate) where you stand in your thinking about purity. Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten, with ten being "all-out for purity!" and one being "stay away."

"Your Purity Scale"
1               2           3            4          5                6             7            8            9              10
Stay away                                       In the middle                                                           All-out for purity!

Now whether you're "stay away," "all-out," or "in the middle," you should know this...

♥Purity is in God's plan and desire for your love life.♥

It doesn't matter if you think boys are gross, like hanging out with them, or are ga-ga over guys - it's true: Purity is in God's plan and desire for your love life! He so desires for you to be pure in not only your love life but in every single aspect of your life. But what does it even mean to be pure? And how can you get pure? And why would you want to anyway? Well, let's focus on each of these questions...

What does it mean to be pure?  
Purity can be a toughie to describe. But I hope this post will help to change your perspective on purity if it's bad. I believe that being pure means serving God in all you think, say, and do, and being clean of sin in every area of your life - physical, mental, spiritual. And I know you and I will make mistakes - everybody does (except God, of course!)! But if you DO make a mistake, the right thing to do would be to confess it to God and ask Him to cleanse you from that sin. I believe that being pure would NOT be "seeing how close I can get to the line of impurity," but rather "how far AWAY I can get from the line of impurity."

How can I become pure?
Before we continue, please understand that purity is usually not an overnight dealio. Although your perspective can change overnight, usually you do not become pure with the snap of your fingers. Becoming pure is not just asking God to make you pure - you have to act on it and actually put purity into practice.
Here is a "S.A.Y.O." code, which stands for "Seek, Act, Yearn, Obey" that I've made to help you better understand and act on becoming pure.

S.A.Y.O. - Becoming Pure

Seek God out and ask Him to make you pure in Him.
Act out of purity in everything you think, say, and do.
Yearn to be pure as Jesus is pure, and continually ask Him to cleanse you.
Obey God's plan of purity for your life.

Why would you want to be pure, anyway?
This is a difficult question to answer. Many people do not want to be pure, and it is shown in their actions and words. But I believe that a lot of us have a yearning for a pure life that pleases Jesus Christ. Since I am not going to tell you personally why you should or do want to be pure, but I will tell you some reasons why I desire purity personally.

Because purity pleases God.
Because purity leads to many godly blessings.
Because purity does not involve the heartache, rebellion, brokenness, and hurt that impurity does.
Because pleasures that come from purity really last, unlike temporary pleasures that come from impurity, which only last a moment.
Because being pure is honoring others and also honoring the body God gave you (the Bible says that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit).
Because purity shows respect for others and also for ourselves in that we do not just give ourselves away to whoever wants us.

Purity is definitely God-given, and it cannot be gained or obtained without God! A life of purity is so much more prosperous in godly ways and actions than a life of impurity. Even if you do believe that it is too late for you to be pure, erase that thinking and ask God to make you pure in Him. Then wait. Wait for His blessings, for His provision, for His plan and desire. The outcome will be so much more desirable, admirable, and pure than doing it on your own.

{Click here to see "The One Who Will Pursue You" post}

Anonymous –   – (April 20, 2011 at 3:07 PM)  

Talia - I just want you to know that was an absolutely wonderful post! I've often wondered of being pure, what it really means, and how to follow through. You've answered all of my questions! You've totally inspired me and got me excited about living a life of purity and pleasing God!

Talia  – (April 20, 2011 at 3:28 PM)  

Lexi, your comment made me SO excited! I'm ecstatic when somebody else wants to live out God's purity!! Thanks for commenting. I'm so glad it was meaningful to you, my sis-in-Christ (and in purity)!!!

Sarah  – (April 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM)  

Tal, thanks for this post. Most people would see you and say, "Oh, she's just a 13 year old. What can she do?" But, if they read your posts, they would see just how mature your 13 year old self is. I look at some 13 year olds, and they act like 5 year olds. You act (and sound) like a 30 something year old (don't think I'm trying to make you feel old! :)). Tall, even with me being 2 years older than you, you are such an inspiration to me, and I often wonder, "How can I be like Talia?" Love you so much!

Kels  – (April 20, 2011 at 3:43 PM)  

Awesome post Talia!!! I am committed to purity. I have made exceptions in the past and compromised some of my purity, and regret it. But now I am confident God does give second chances{I'm living proof}.
I'm glad to see another young woman striving to stay pure. It makes everything so much easier, knowing you're pursuing the same thing I am. :)
Love ya Talia. Keep on keepin on. xxxx~Kelsey

Talia  – (April 20, 2011 at 6:27 PM)  

Sarah and Kels, thank you very very much. It is such a privilege to know that other girls are striving to be pure in Christ too. I think a good thing to do would be ot set boundaries early. I have decided to set the personal boundaries of not kising until marriage and not holding hands until engagement (That goes for hugging, too). In a book I have by Bethany Hamilton (with Doris Rikkers) called "Ask Bethany," Bethany says that when a boy and girl kiss or hold hands or even share soemthing deep with one another (or flirt or something), it is like two different colors of paper getting stapled together. But when the boy and girl break up, it is like tearing the paper, leaving pieces on the other paper. And I do not wanna do that! Sarah, thank you so much. I think you are a very godly young woman who is setting a great example for our generation. Thank you to you too, Kels.
Keep loving Jesus, girls! He'll never let you down.
God bless you ♥!
Your sister in Christ,

Talia  – (April 20, 2011 at 6:29 PM)  

p.s. Kels, you're definitely right that God gives second chances when we do mess up.

Sarah, don't don't make me feel old. Just...thankful. And blessed. An undeserving of just how great God is (that's a good thing).

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