It’s all around us. From magazines to billboards, social media to news outlets, movies to late night TV…it seems like we are in a constant battle with immorality. We live in a world where we are one click, swipe or flip of the page away from seeing something that will affect us more than we know.
On the topic of Christian practices and disciplines, purity is close to the top in my mind. Ephesians 4:27 tells us not to give the devil a foothold. One of the biggest footholds we can give Him is a lapse in our personal purity.
No one needs to be told the power of sexual immorality and how much it can destroy a life. Whether it is a well-known issue or lurking beneath the surface, lapsing in our purity can single handedly wreck our life, destroy relationships and set us up for failure in the future.
The people in the ancient city of Corinth were some of the most immoral people in history so 1st and 2nd Corinthians are great resources for strengthening your purity. Specifically chapter 6 contains a basic command in regards to sexual immorality, “Flee immorality”. It’s that simple. Flee from it, run from it, do whatever you can in your power to avoid it. There is a very strict connotation to this. Don’t just bounce your eyes…RUN FROM IT. Paul goes on to say that, “Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body”. When we are immoral, we sin against our very bodies.
Paul also brings up this issue in his first letter to Thessalonica, “For this is the will of God…that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God…” This is telling us that purity is, and should be, a major discrepancy between believers and non-believers. This area is one that many believers struggle with. We can give all that we are to God and still hold onto this and we are instantly doing more damage than good.
If you are honest with yourself, how are you doing with purity? What are some ways that you can strengthen your resistance to temptation? Who is someone that you can come beside and encourage in this area?