“How Can I Have a Pure Heart?”
Written by Christi Given | October 14, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
Living in a culture that’s filled with many secular images, pushes lust and adultery, and isn’t as conservative as it once was can be difficult as a believer striving for purity. There are many different things pulling at us, such as technology, TV, films, magazines, messages, music and other distractions. As many of you know, here at Project Inspired, we try to encourage you girls to be modest and live a more conservative lifestyle.
David, who wrote most of the Psalms, asks the Lord in Psalm 51, verse 10:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Another scripture that’s powerful regarding our lives, thoughts and behaviors pertains to how we think. That’s why what we watch, listen to and read is so vital and can affect our thinking. It says in the Bible:
“Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” —Romans 12:1-2
How can we have a pure heart? Here are some points to guide us on the path to purity.
1. Seek God: Like David, we can ask God to give us a pure heart. Worship draws us near to God. We need to ask God to forgive us for anything we have said, done or have hidden in our heart that is not of God or is displeasing to Him. We all fall short of the glory of God, but repentance and praise are key. (Psalm 51:10, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 53:6)
2. Guard Your Heart and Mind: Let us refrain from watching inappropriate or tempting films or TV shows that may cause us to stumble in our walk. God tells us to guard our heart, for out of it come forth the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23, Psalm 1)
3. Stay Close to Those in Christ: Find a sister in the Lord who can help pray with you when you struggle, or find a more mature mentor in the Lord. The Bible tells us iron sharpens iron, which means we as believers keep each other on point and can help one another when we struggle or fall. (Proverbs 27:17)
4. Focus on Things Above: The Bible tells us to focus on whatever is pure and holy, and God tells us to be Holy as His children because He is Holy. If we come from Him, we will be like Him; if we are of the world, we will look like the world. No one is perfect, but it’s encouraging and a great reminder to strive for godliness and righteousness! (Philippians 4:8)
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.” —1 Peter 2:11
In the book Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World by Arterburn & Ethridge, it says on page 177:
Wow, so good! Let us remember to guard our hearts, beautiful ones!
PI Girls, do you desire to be pure? Do you think it’s difficult in this culture to maintain a godly lifestyle? Comment below on how we can be praying for you! We love you!