So I am back again and this time I want us to to talk about Purity.This post is going to be very faith-based and so you can either choose to read along or call it a day. (the choice is yours)
I'd love for you to stay though!!!
More recently, God has been exposing the real me to me. He has been opening my eyes to see things about myself that has somewhat shocked and made me uncomfortable.
And the issue of purity has been one of major things that he has been speaking to me about.
I understand that purity is such a big topic but the kind of purity I am talking about here is the one set in the context of a romantic relationship.
My heart desire will always be to make my father - God - happy. I want my life to be pleasing to him. Hence why this path of purity is such an important thing to me.
(Although, I have come to realize that, it is one thing to have the desire to want to please someone and it is another thing to actually know what the persons Definition of 'pleasing' is..)
To ensure I stay on this path on purity, I have boundaries. Growing up, I have always thought that my boundaries were abit 'too much'/ unrealistic and that was because my Convictions made me stand out. They literally set me apart from the crowd and initially I was not okay with that.
The thought of me being the 'odd one out' scared me and so I fought against my convictions for a very long time! Until it hit me!
From the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ, the calling on my life changed. The new calling required me to be set apart. (1 Peter 2:9)
I mean, what good is the good news if it is the same as everything else. In order for it to really stand out, there must be something uniquely different about it.
Now I am not saying that the calling for believers to be 'set apart' is the only thing that makes Christianity different to other religions but I do believe that it is one of the major/key things that compliments the uniqueness of my faith.
Anyhow. let me get back to my post..
So once I understood the new calling on my life, I have now come to accept it. I am no longer pressured to fit in and I have become proud to say the least of my convictions.
I no longer run from sharing them but there is now a new boldness that has driven out the fear that once crippled me in the past.
I was talking about 'exposure' earlier on.. I have come to realize that my convictions; my definitions of what I considered to be godly moral standards were all based on my emotions.
I once heard this amazing quote by this amazing teacher called Ify Alexis 'a vague definition of righteousness will lead to compromise'.
This quote pretty much sums up this blog post.
I thought my convictions were based on Gods definition of what was right and unacceptable but actually they weren't.
I defined my own convictions unconsciously.
Why do I say that?
That quote clearly states that if your definition of righteousness was vague, when it comes to taking a stand for what you believe, then compromise was inevitable.
This was basically the position I found myself in.
I had a definition of purity but I defined it myself.
I had forgotten that my life was now surrendered and submitted to a greater being.
I failed to go back to him - his word - when it came to the definition of what purity actually was.
I decided 'ah yes, this is definitely wrong, I JUST KNOW.. I CAN TELL that it would not make God happy.'
Don't get me wrong, I am not saying, everything will be spelled out for you. Especially when it comes to Gods word as you won't find 'thou shall not kiss or hold hands' in the bible but then again, God has given us wisdom!
The truth is in there and if you earnestly search for it, you will find it!
1Peter 1:25 became so clear to me. The bible says 'the word of God stands forever' not my emotions.
Every decision, conviction etc we make on this earth will always be tried and the plan is to see if we are able to stand!
It was clear that I definitely would not have been able to stand.
I am so glad that all these things were exposed to me before I was put into a situation where I would have compromised.
I mean, this testimony of mine is definitely one that others probably wished they had and in all humility, I am so grateful to God.
I am now in the process of letting God define what purity is.
I want my every conviction and boundary to be set on Gods terms and not my own.
It is one thing to have the desire to please someone but then again it is another thing to actually know what the persons definition of 'pleasing' is..
I will be ending this post here today but I most definitely assure you guys that a part 2 from this post will be shared soon.
I will leave you guys with a few scriptures that have ministered to me in terms of purity.
- 1 Corinthians 6:20 - You were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.
- Galatians 5:19 - The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3 - It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.
- Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
- 1 Timothy 4:12 - Do not 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.
Feel free to share your take on purity with me. (or perhaps scriptures that you are holding on to)
Till next time.