Sex sells almost everything in our culture. The TV is filled with half naked bodies. Even the billboards flash nudity and sexuality as I drive to the market. Purity is a foreign concept.
This new norm of sexual marketing is a cruel trick started by the enemy of our Peace of Mind.
It robs us of our Purity.
- That daily diet of impurity can cause us to question our beauty, question our worth and question the adequacy of our mate (1 Samuel 16:7).
- Those images whisper a shadow-of-a-doubt about how content we should be with our partner (Proverbs 14:30).
- The constant assault can sow seeds of curiosity that -left unchecked – lead us down paths of infidelity (Matthew 5:28).
- And worst of all, those images do not leave our minds without a fight (2 Corinthians 10: 1-6).
It seems purity is an outdated virtue, but in God’s economy, purity ranks high.
Is this thought Pure? – The word pure is linked here to sexual purity.
Do our thoughts line up with God’s design for healthy sexuality? One man with one woman for life.
When our thoughts linger on anything outside God’s design – nudity, erotic scenes on TV, erotic reading, pornography, flirtations outside of marriage, affairs (even emotional affairs face to face or online), etc. -we are thinking impurely.
This one is personal to me…
I used to struggle with this part of God’s character. I thought God was laying down rule after rule like a cosmic kill-joy.
The truth is far from that. God is not a God of Laws as much as He is a God of Love.
God loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to be hurt unnecessarily. He sets up boundaries around the things that can hurt us and tries to get our attention before we hurt ourselves.
When we dabble in things that are impure, we allow the enemy a foothold into our mind and he is quick to steal our peace.
I spent a portion of my life devouring romance novels and watching pornography. Purity in thought is an area I wrestle with actively. I have to guard my eyes and my thoughts to keep from being pulled back into this sin struggle. I pour a lot of scripture in to push the impurity out. That is the only way I know to take those impure thoughts captive and replace them with purity.
I also limit how much romance and sex I put in front of my eyes. For me it’s important to avoid romance novels and romance movies. I don’t watch much TV because impurity is even in the commercials (Psalm 119:37).
Can I be honest with you here?
Those romance novels and movies set up an unrealistic standard of my perfect man and my perfect life. It can be easy to just daydream about that when things with my husband are not great. But it breeds discontentment and sabotages my marriage. I have had to stop the day dreaming and live with both feet and both sides of my brain firmly in reality. (1 Corinthians 6:18 )
I had to draw a hard line in the sand about purity because it is my particulate sin struggle. I don’t want to give anyone a license for legalism. You may not need the same rigid guidelines I need… you may struggle in other areas. Just let that be between you and God. Be sure to have some accountability in this area if it is one you struggle with.
When I am striving toward purity in my thought life, I am living with Peace of Mind.
Let me know your thought in the comments section below.
What other areas would you like to dig into? Are there verses that help keep you centered in truth? I’d love to hear from you about it!
Ps… You are in the middle of a series on Peace of Mind. To read the first post, click here “A Piece of my Mind or Peace of Mind”
See you next time to dig into what is “Lovely” 😉