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In our culture, there is a continual bombardment of sexual agendas and constant comparison of body image. We must realize that there is an attack on our purity in this generation and we must guard it so we can stand in our faith. No one is perfect or holy, but we aim for holiness because God is holy. How we treat other people’s hearts, and also others’ purity by how we even dress, matters.
I pray that as you read this article, you examine if you are in the faith and if you are honoring the Lord in purity.
For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)
We are in a war against the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. We must be aware of the warfare for our attention and our complete devotion to Christ. Do you notice the constant vulgarity in media and music? We must pray that there is a change in culture and that people begin to desire a purity movement. I believe the media and our society will shift, but we must first be the leaders.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father, but from the world. (1 John 2:16)
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
Do you think that purity is important? If it isn’t, then how are we different or set apart in this generation? How can we claim Christ if we copy the patterns of this world? We must be holy, anointed, set apart and honorable. If we don’t initiate a godly lifestyle, proving we are followers of Christ, why would the world want to follow us if they do not see fruit or change in our lives? Our worship is not through music or going to church, but in how we live out our daily lives and how we treat people.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Purity is not just being sexually pure—it is a condition of the heart. Your heart and attitudes must be pure. Not only are purity of heart and physical purity important, but even our thoughts are very important. What you believe, you tend to think and act upon. If you think right, you will live right.
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
PI Girls, write down why you think purity is important and a prayer for this generation.