Contending for Purity: 7 Considerations


As I continue my writing about sexual purity, I have discovered many websites providing a variety of statistics promoting abstinence.  Physiciansforlife.org posted the statistic that only 1 of every 5 teenagers will not have sex during their teen years.  It is not a surprising figure, but still disturbing.

These statistics include Christian teens as well.  So it is no surprise that so many of us struggle with abstinence into adulthood. 

Decades ago when I attended a seminar for Christian teens, the minister gave us a paper listing 100 reasons why we should not have sex before marriage.  Unfortunately these kinds of seminars ended when we turned nineteen.  The drawback?  

Our hormones don’t shut down at nineteen.  As adults we still need divine teaching, guidance, and assurance. 

By the time I turned 21 that paper had long been lost.

Abstinence is the safest guard against unplanned pregnancies, abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases.  But there are other risk factors for the Christian woman that you cannot review under a microscope.  There are intangible risks that cannot be recorded as data for statistical purposes. 

 

So here are 7 factors to consider and reasons why purity matters.  

 

1. Spiritual Wholeness – Breaking God’s law is breaking our covenant with Him.  The loss of our covenant means losing the treasured benefits of being a child of God.  This includes spiritual peace with God.  We also risk facing the stronghold of pride which keeps many from returning to God and being made whole again.  Purity matters to our spirit. 

 

2. Emotional Stability – Sex creates a soul tie.  Our soul is the essence of who we are.  It is the source of how we feel.  When the tie is pulled apart, which easily occurs with unmarried couples, a wounded soul and hurt emotions are left behind.  This has happened too often for us to let it happen again.  Purity matters to the soul.

 

3. Self Respect – One of the most frustrating and heart tugging issues to endure is an affliction to our own self respect.  Standing in the bathroom mirror, too ashamed to look at ourselves, is heart wrenching.  We cannot control what others think of us and often it is not worth trying to control.  But how can we be truly happy when self respect is lost.  Protect and defend it.  Purity matters to our honor.

 

4. Someone Needs You to Survive – We all hold valuable positions in this world.  We matter to someone.  We directly and indirectly affect the lives of others.  There is someone who needs you to stand with integrity.  Our actions could determine the actions of someone who is looking up to you.  You are the light God wants to shine for the world to see.  We should not stray back to darkness but lead others to The Light.  Purity matters to others.

 

5. A Good Name – A good name is more desirable than riches… (Proverbs 22:1 NIV).  I challenge myself and you to rise above mediocrity.  We honestly do care about the value behind our name.  Our lifestyle is the story behind our brand, who we are, and what people recall about us.  A woman who waits for marriage to have sex is rare.  She is exceptional.  She is highly favored by those who know her.  Her care for her body and spirit is revealed by the choices she makes.  I challenge myself to be this woman in every area of my life.  Will you?  Purity matters to our name.

 

6. Shattered Expectations – Women.  We love our romance don’t we?  I know I do.  I read the Songs of Solomon and I said to myself, yes.  That is the kind of romance I want.  I had never heard a man speak to a woman like that before.  He was passionate and tender.  Yet, they waited until the right time to be together.  Then God blessed their love to grow stronger.  We cannot expect these same results when the time is too early and God is not considered.  Our expectations will be shattered.  Purity matters to our hope.

 

7. Our Alabaster Box – We know the story.  A woman gives her best to Jesus.  It is her best praise, her best sacrifice.  She does it to worship.  She does it to honor Him.  We are urged to give our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and pleasing to God.  Every kind of sin taints our praise.  It sours the songs of worship we sing.  Sin decays our hallelujah praises.  Let us break our alabaster box and pour out our best to Him.  Purity matters to our worship.

 

 

Yours in His service,

C. L. Evans
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=lovandgrame0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0800758188&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=001EEF&bc1=D7D6E5&bg1=D7D6E5&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=lovandgrame0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0768423104&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=001EEF&bc1=D7D6E5&bg1=D7D6E5&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=lovandgrame0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B00A188HMO&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=001EEF&bc1=D7D6E5&bg1=D7D6E5&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=lovandgrame0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1601421656&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=001EEF&bc1=D7D6E5&bg1=D7D6E5&f=ifr

[jetpack_subscription_form]

Hosted By
Web Hosting by PowWeb

Advertisements

14 thoughts on “Contending for Purity: 7 Considerations

  1. i found your message with the subject matter, purity very good.
    it is true most of believers found themselves in this situation. even though scientifically, this cannot be avoided, we can use biblical means like prayers to avoid early sex.
    hope to continue again.

  2. Wow, wow and wow!
    I was so happy to read this, when you give your all to God, it can be easy to forget why your waiting, it can become easy to allow bitterness to set in. It’s easy to take a look at the world around you, it goes it’s own way, while you stand firm in purity. Your heart cries for God to see your sacrifice, your spirit pleads with God allow this time of waiting bring honor to your name. In this life- waiting seems a strange thing, “in the buy now, pay for later” way of the world. I found your words to be so refreshing, very thought provoking- your post made me think of how much do we truly know God? Do we love Him more then what our flesh desires? Can we go before God and say I trust you with my waiting?

    Love, if we say that we love God, then the sacrifice of our flesh is out of a heart of love- it shouldn’t be given over begrudgingly, if we say that we love God, we submit our will under His, we cry to God on our lonely nights, we cry to the Lord when men try to pressure us to give in and our flesh cries “I will never be filled! ” we cry to God. In these moments of intense pressure, our knowledge of who God is will save us, when the world around us looks pleasing -to know that the judgment of God will fall on every man who dosnt obey Him. Take heart! Weary purity warrior, Your Lord sees you, in these battles recall this about God:

    Psalm 100:1-5 NASB

    Shout joyfully to the LORD , all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness;
    Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God;
    It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
    We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving
    And His courts with praise.
    Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good;
    His lovingkindness is everlasting
    And His faithfulness to all generations.

    1. We are ever learning about who God is and what He wants. God is so awesome yet He has made a way for humankind to be so close to Him.

      It is certain. We can trust God for everything we are waiting for. He is great!

      Thank you soooo much reading and leaving such an uplifting comment!

  3. This is a great post and I thank you for writing it. I haven’t a post on my own blog about lust and also about how intimate and personal even kissing is.

    We’re on the same page my sister. Glad to have another Christian lady out there who stands for purity and waiting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s