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Why Purity Begins In the Heart {FREE GIVEAWAY}

By: Guest Blogger

Every­ Christian has something to say about purity, be it right or wrong, loose or conservative, broad or specific.

Purity is a vital element of our walk with God—and one, it seems, that many are missing. Christian girls are pros at talking the talk and getting on mission trip and youth conference “highs for Jesus,” but when it comes down to making right choices, standing blameless before God, and keeping pure, humble, and full of the fear of the Lord—there’s a discon­nect.

Purity is not a ring, a book, or even a commitment, though all of those can be good things!

But without actively maintaining our whole selves according to God’s Word, those are only symbols and “good Christian girl” clichés.

Often we limit the purity discussion to staying pure in guy-girl relationships, saving ourselves for our future husbands, that kind of thing; but purity goes way deeper than just romantic relationships. Purity happens when Jesus in us begins to change us and remove the gross filth from our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits.

He sancti­fies us, meaning He washes us in His truth and in His healing blood.

Physical purity is just a start, but when we realize whose we are (God’s), it changes the way we view, carry, treat, and represent our bodies. When God made us, He modeled us after Himself (Genesis 1:27). As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit of God Himself dwelling within us—our bodies are His temple! 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 tells us plainly that we were made to glorify God with everything we have, including our physical bodies.

It’s possible for someone to be pure on the outside but filthy on the inside (Matthew 23:28). Sins committed in the quiet secrecy of our hearts and minds are still sins to God. He can see every single thought that slips through our minds, and every at­titude, desire, motive, and idea that we entertain in our hearts. When we truly begin to believe that, we straighten up our act.

We’re being monitored under a whole new level of accountability!

As we evaluate our lives, total purity begins to look impossible. Even if we’re pure on the outside, we still have impurity on the inside. It’s nearly impossible to tell if the motives behind our actions are completely pure. We try to live a pure life, but we mess up and fail every single day. Maybe we’ve even made some big mistakes in regard to purity. Is there any hope?

With Jesus, there is always hope.

1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” There is power in the blood, friends. When we become Christians and Jesus enters our hearts, we are made new, whole, pure! From that point on, Jesus begins sanctifying us.

Even though Christians have been given a new nature, sometimes our flesh still wants to live in its “glory days.” Jeremiah 17:9 tells us the hard truth: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Not us, that’s for sure.

How did all that impurity get there?

Sure, bad outside influences can fuel the fire, but Jesus says in Mark 7:18–23 that the evil comes from within our hearts. We were born sinful—that’s why we need Jesus to save us! Purity can still be a struggle. Ephesians 4:22–23 directs us to put off our sin nature. In a world determined to lure us into all the sin it has to offer, Psalm 119:9 clues us in on how to stay steadily pure.

Even when we mess up, Jesus is there to wash us clean.

The story of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet in John 13:5–11 is symbolic of how Jesus washes us when we get spiritually “dirty.” Jesus tells us that we are made clean because of Him (when we become saved), but we still need Him to wash our feet. As we walk through life, our feet can get dirty, and we need Jesus’ constant forgiveness and cleansing blood in and over our lives.

True purity does not mean we’ve never sinned.

But it does mean that we are clean because of the perfect, spotless Lamb living in our hearts—that’s Jesus, and He’s washing us clean every day. He’s sanctifying us and making us pure as we walk through life with Him. We may get dirty at times, but Jesus forgives if we repent before Him. He is for us! Living according to the Word of God and being led every step of the way by the Holy Spirit—that, my friends, is true purity.

What do you think?

1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”?
2. How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?

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We are so excited for the release of Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God. To help Marjorie celebrate the launch of her new book, we are giving away 3 free copies. Leave a comment in the section below (answering one of the questions in the blog) to automatically enter yourself in the giveaway.

About the Author: Nineteen-year-old Marjorie Jackson is the author of two books thus far—The Greatest Book You’ve Never Read, written to get young people excited about reading the Bible, and Devoted: A Girl’s 31 Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God. 

She is the oldest of five wildly energetic, half Guatemalan girls. She enjoys playing the piano, hand lettering, art, musical theater, Italian cream sodas, learning about different cultures and languages, and talking away with family, friends, strangers… pretty much anybody. Connect with her on instagram, @marjorie.e.jackson!

A portion of this article was taken from Devoted by Marjorie Jackson with permission from Barbour Publishing.

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  • Bonnie Smithies

    This is awesome!!!!

  • Susannah

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”?

    I think it’s easy to think that purity is physical – but the thing I struggle the most with is impure thoughts. Because fantasies are so socially acceptable I fall into the trap of thinking that they’re fine – but I should be filling my mind with pure and God honouring thoughts that glorify him. This post has been really helpful! Thanks x

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        Hi! Thanks so much, I’m am really looking forward to reading the book! My full name is Miss Susannah Battley and my address is:
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        Thanks again for this. I’ve been so encouraged from reading your blog and I recently got your book which I’m reading through. I love how you address really relevant topics and give answers from The Word. God bless
        Love in Christ
        Susannah xx

  • Rachel M.

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”?

    When I think of being pure, I think, “Don’t get physical with guys! That’s for marriage!” Although that’s all fine and good, purity starts way deeper than that. It starts in the heart. If I can’t keep my thoughts and heart pure, I am not being pure. I have to be filling my mind constantly with Scripture and pray without ceasing. That will help keep my thoughts pure.

    2. How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?

    The verse 2 Corinthians 10:5 has really become a good verse for these kinds of things – “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”. That verse reminds me to just bring my thoughts to the Lord and let Him throw out the ugly and impure thoughts. He guides my thought life. If I can be faithful about doing that, the rest will fall into place. If I am “all in” with my faith, every problem in my life can be solved through obedience to God.

    Thank you so much for this post! It was awesome!

  • Taylor

    1.. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”?
    There are so many areas of life that are impure because we don’t always think that it’s bad because it’s socially acceptable. Girls are dressing provocatively younger and younger, physical fights are the normal way to “solve” any issue. Tearing down men CONSTANTLYYY. Dancing and the music we listen to. You can go on just about any social media and find completely ungodly things. Now this isn’t to say I’m pure or innocent. But by recognizing the areas of our lives that aren’t honoring God, we can begin to change them and put the world into perspective by separating worldliness from how God wants us to live.

  • Elizabeth

    2. How can you be pure in body, mined, soul, and spirit — not just in public, but before the Lord?

    When I read that question many things pop into my mined, but I will only list 3 of them. One, first thing in the morning read the Bible and get deep into his word. Also pray, pray, pray! If in the morning I don’t have time to read the Bible, I then pray while do my chores and school. Two, I think about how I dress. I think that dressing modesty is a very big part also. It helps me stay focused on God, instead the world. Three, respecting your parents and siblings. I find that it is hard to keep my eyes on God when I am not respecting my parents or siblings. And one way I respect them is by always being ready to help out with anything.

    I LOVED​ this post! This was posted at the right time!

  • Esther Ty Hubbard

    Thank you and right on time! Purity is not only physical, but a heart issue. Whoa, so awesome and the truth smack in your face. Keep sharing the truth of God’s word.

  • Great article! I love this topic and I’m so thankful that people are addressing the fact that purity isn’t a state of your body, but a state of your mind, heart, and soul.

    I find that the best way for me to strive for purity is to memorize and meditate on Scripture. In order to sin, there has to be two things: 1) Availability and 2) Knowledge of the Payoff. We live in a society where filth is easily accessible. I’ve found that, in my life, it is the most effective strategy to meditate on God’s Word and develop a LOVE for His Word so that I would rather resist my sin than indulge it by having a knowledge of a HIGHER payoff of honoring Christ.

    Thanks for this article, Majorie!

  • Jéssina Lopes

    This is great. It is something that is in my mind this days.

    2. How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?

    I think you have to constant submit yourself to God, and actualy listening The Holy Spirit. Always looking for ways to be santified.

  • Jordan Cook

    This article was great although I am younger than most who this would relate to, this was able to connect deep down with and to me. Thank you for writing things like this to help people like
    me!

  • Alyce E Deal

    1. I have defeinitly accepeted cussing as “ok” when i know its not. I don’t say these words at all, but where i go to school i hear them everyday. I really pray and hope that I am setting an example for others. 2. Being more open to my faith, reading and studying my Bible everyday, always looking for new ways to grow, and showing that purity comes from the heart and being an example and leader for others.

  • Zoe

    2. By resisting “the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7) and by “bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
    When temptation comes along, reading the Bible and praying helps to bring us out of a physical mindset and back to a heavenly, righteous mindset. I bring myself back to the living Word of God and search out the love of the one knows me.

  • Naomi

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you
    dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not
    generally seen as “bad”?
    As a girl I fantasize a lot. And that’s okay – there’s nothing wrong with daydreaming. But when it comes to daydreaming about things that I want, my mind automatically turns to selfish-mode. Then if I’m not careful, I start thinking about me, me, me, and I start coveting everything that everyone has around me. That’s impure.

    Ultimately, I think every sin has it’s roots in selfishness – pride, lying, showing off, etc.. It’s all because we’re concerned about OURSELVES, instead of God and others. And that’s why Jesus’ love is so mind-blowing – it goes in a completely opposite direction to our selfish hearts.

    Anyway, thank you for the post! It really opened my eyes to purity. God bless!

  • Megan T.

    1. The areas of impurity I struggle in is thinking that my movie and music choices are a lot better than most people’s, so I can be justified in watching/listening to them, even if they have something I don’t agree with in them.
    I have recently realized how important it is to keep ourselves close to God in everything that we do, and watching/listening to something that supports Biblical view is really encouraging during the day and helps keep my mind on Jesus!
    Thanks for the article =)

  • Melissa

    Great article! 2. I think it’s easier to be pure in mind, body, soul, and spirit by remembering why we are here: to serve and glorify God, not to please others around us.

  • Naomi

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you
    dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not
    generally seen as “bad”?
    As a girl, I fantasize a lot. And that is okay – there is nothing wrong with daydreaming. But when I start daydreaming about things I want, my mind automatically goes “selfish-mode”. Then I start wanting and coveting everything that everyone else has, and I fall into only thinking about me, me, me, me, me.
    That is impure.

    Ultimately, I think every sin starts with selfishness – pride, lying, showing off, etc.. We start thinking only about OURSELVES instead of God and others. And that is what’s so mind-blowing about Jesus’ love for us – it is completely opposite to our selfish hearts.

    Anyway, thank-you for the post!! It really opened my eyes – super encouraging.

  • Kayla Marie

    I try to be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit by making sure I’m spending time with the Lord on a personal level. Whenever I’m going through something or if I’m just really excited about something, I go to God in prayer first and seek his wisdom when it comes to the choices I make. My family has Philippians 4:8 hanging up by our TV to remind us to be pure in what we watch. 🙂

  • Hannah grace

    What areas of impurity? fantasy, and music both are hard to conquer

  • EllieC.

    Some areas of impurity that I have experienced are movies and reading materials — magazines, novels, and newspapers alike.

  • Katie Mahana

    An area of impurity in my own life I had dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because it is not generally seen as “bad” was immodest dress. This really slapped me in my face after I was married and moved to a college town where my husband was the college minister. When I began to see the struggles of young men and how immodest dress effects them, I began to see each student as a soul, each with their own personal struggles. It was easier as a married woman to cover up my body because it was now my husbands, but it is still hard to express to the single young women in my life how important it is to keep themselves pure in this way.

  • Rose

    The area’s I have excused are the people I choose to do research. Some of the people I know have done some really bad things and are not saved, but I dismiss it by saying I am only doing this for work.

  • Jennifer

    How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?
    I try to keep myself pure in my body, mind, soul, and spirit unto the Lorsd by saying a quick prayer trying to overcome the sin in my mind and just focus in the Lord. Sometimes things can get tuff and all Im left with is prayer to pray, and pray! It helps me reset my mind and carry on thinking about my Savior Jesus Christ.

  • Emma V

    How can you be pure in mind,body,soul, and spirit…. for the mind do not dwell on lustful thought or angry thought about other people. I personally struggle with that.
    Body, be careful of what you do in the privacy of your room or whenever you are by yourself. Make sure what you are doing is honoring to God.
    Soul, internalize His truths and
    Spirit, keep it pure and guard it from the evil things of the world. And over all spend time with God on a daily basis to know what is right and what is wrong.

  • I feel that one area (in purity) that I struggle with is when I’m by myself and daydreaming. It can cause me to think about guys in romantic ways when I should not be or coveting things that others have. It can be hard to stop, but by dwelling on verses that I have memorized helps me so much.

  • MarihelenG

    How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?
    We have to remind ourselves what Jesus died for. Praying doesn’t have to be something you prepare for, it can be a totally on-the-spot sort of thing. When we do things we think are on the edge, alone we can’t discern good from evil, so just pray and ask Jesus. Believe me, it works. 🙂

  • Emily Roberts

    I find that spending time in God’s Word and spending time alone with God are the best ways to be pure before the Lord. This truly changes your heart and your whole way of thinking.

  • Cayla

    how can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit, not just in public, but before the Lord?
    prayer, spending more and more time in his words. pray and ask the Lord to keep you pure and help you to resist the temptations of evil.

  • Frannie Ruth

    2. How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?
    By prayer, the sacrements, bible reading, what movies I watch, by what clothes I wear, by what music I listen to, by what things I read, and by what I do on social media.

  • Sarah

    I feel like #2 would have a lot to do with a relationship with Christ. Not just thinking of God as an after thought… But realizing our true purpose is in him, he is the reason we’re here, and our lives should be lived through and by him. Some ways would definitely be examining what your bringing into your heart. Ultimately whatever is in the heart is what comes up… So spending more time with the Lord, being teachable, listening for his still small voice, praying, and having communication with God. Communication is what keeps a relationship going. So there’s my tidbit! Just definitly staying strong in the Lord and letting him work through you! 🙂

  • Hannah

    How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit-not just in public but before the Lord? Study God’s Word to learn what He says about purity in every aspect of our lives. Make a commitment to follow what God says even when we’re alone, and nobody is around and no one will know and no one is holding us accountable. Develop good character, so that when we’re tempted to do wrong and no one will know, we will make the right choice to stay pure.

  • Sarah Shaw

    Staying in God’s word is the most important thing to staying pure. Also getting accountability, and memorizing verses that you can cling to when you’re feeling temptation coming your way. Great post!

  • Rileigh Richardson

    I think staying in prayer and asking God to help purify you and show you what to do is very helpful

  • Kaela Joy Schultz

    Question #2- it helps when your motive is not selfish in waiting until marriage to fully express your love for someone. Also, talking to God about your struggle, and asking Him to help your motive in purity to be to honor him instead of just being able to give your husband your virginity as a wedding gift, which great too, but honoring God should be out main goal in committing to purity. These thing have and are helping me.

  • Abigail A.

    I sometimes dismiss sexual innuendos in certain TV shows or movies that I watch, and when we dismiss that we are opening ourselves up little by little to impurity.

  • Salome

    Question 1. Areas of impurity would be reading romantic books and daydreaming, imagining romantic scenes, which I often use as a way of relaxing, but I think they can easily become idols

  • Sophie Clemens

    I think you can be pure in body, mind, soul and spirit – not just in public, but before the Lord, by not trying to be pure, because you want to look pure to the world, but by really thinking about the reason why you want to be pure. As 1st John 2:17 says: ´The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever´. Just think by yourself: if my father (my father or other parent here on earth) can see my actions and can read my mind, will I still act and think the way I do now? You always have to keep in mind that maybe not your father (or other parent) here on earth will see all of your actions and thoughts, but your Father in heaven will. I hope that will help you, my friends 🙂

  • Kara Theriault

    Often times I think that movies that everyone else is watching and raving about can become an area of impurity because I want to watch them too even though they are not appropriate or moral

  • Anchored

    I think I let my gaurd slip when I watch movies that set my imagination going. Everyone watches movies, so it’s not seen as a bad thing but people, I especially, don’t think about how it infects us on the inside. Being pure in body soul and spirit happens when you set Jesus before and after you, making him the all time focus of your life. Because when he is in the right place, the way you live your live will become more like him. Thanks Marjorie for a great post and God bless!

  • Brianne

    Being pure in mind, body, soul, and spirit comes from a deep relationship with the Lord. When we wholly surrender ourselves to Him, these things emanate from a Spirit-filled heart.

  • Nikki CP

    In order to be pure in mind, body, soul, and spirit starts with evaluating ourselves. Evaluating our motives towards impurity and having enough courage to face and conquer them. It is the realization that we are weak beings who need God dearly. The realization that He came for us, the weak in flesh. Finally, to be pure we must leave our own desires behind and fully accept Him who can fill us completely.

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  • Elise Ridings

    In order to be pure, in mind, body, soul and spirit; we must come to God first. Pray for your weakness and pray for your strengths. Pray that you can not only show God you are his child but show the world. Not always by intentional acts of faith but simply how you live your life.
    And even when you fail go back to God and pray for another opportunity. This post really made me think, thank you and God bless.

  • Corey Oppenheim

    2. How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?
    I trying to keep myself pure by not watching TV shows that I think are OK even though they go against what I feel God won’t be watching. I also only listen to you worship music because a lot of the times in modern music there a lot of hidden innuendos and topics that I don’t feel comfortable with so I try to not listen to it. And also whenever I get dressed I always think that I died and this was the outfit I meant my heavenly father in would I be embarrassed or would I be proud to see him and know that I’m clothes correctly

  • K.B.

    How you can be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit, not just in public, but before the Lord; I think taking every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) would help with purity. I often ask myself, ‘if I said this thought allowed to a room full of people, would I be embraced?’ If it is a yes, then that is a definite sign that it is an impure thought. Also, avoiding certain shows/books that would provoke those thoughts to begin with makes the whole process easier.

  • Grace

    I find it hard to be pure in my thoughts. The Bible says to take every thought captive. This would be a good way to stay pure. Also memorizing Bible verses would be good too, so that you could meditate on admirable things. This a good reminder to stay strong in the Lord, so thank you for sharing!

  • Celtic Princess

    One of the biggest ones in my life is the area of worry. Most of the other sins I fall into can be traced back to worrying that God won’t provide a spouse of me, or that his plan for my life will be dreadful. Even if God’s plan for my life isn’t marriage, He will fill that part of my heart in His time with exactly what He has for me. Learning to trust Him on that is one way I can keep my heart pure.

  • Heather Hemsley

    Same as Grace (below Celtic Princess), I find it really super duper hard to stay pure in my thoughts. Phillipians 4:8 says, “Finally,
    brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
    right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if
    anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

  • Allison

    I love this post! It is hard to stay pure due to our own sinful nature and the acceptance of it in society. It is hardest for me to maintain purity in my thoughts, and I definitely have been working on it and will continue to by taking my thoughts captive!

  • Grace Skiles

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”? As a 8th grade middle school girl I have never been in a relationship (no do I plan to for a few years :)),but looking at all the other couples in the school it is normal to be in relationships where the couple just thinks the other is cute. There is no deep discussions about real life, and most of the time I see that neither is sure of what they believe; Although I have also seen Christians do this as well. It’s even become a rarity if a couple does ask these questions about belief and apply it in their relationship. While this can be sad to watch so many couples breakup because of a very weak relationship, it really gives me, as a young woman, a contrast of relationships at school from at church. If ever I become in a relationship I hope that God would give me wisdom to seek him with my partner and to do it in a way that glorifies him!

  • julie pak

    1. A lot of the time, girls around me pressure me into being in a relationship. Most of my friends have boyfriends of their own, and they always try to “hook me up” with their boyfriend’s friends. It is not viewed as a bad thing to have a relationship at the young age I am, almost 16, but it is not necessarily a good thing. Sometimes, girls around me make fun of me for not having a boyfriend, saying that I just can’t get a guy but that’s not the case. My personal view on having a boyfriend is that there is no point in having a relationship with someone you do not see a future with. There are only two outcomes to any romantic relationship: get married or break up. If you do not see yourself with the person you are involved with emotionally, then you would just be wasting your time and your heart for something that can be saved for whoever God has in mind for you.

  • Kay

    a tough area for me to be pure is in my thoughts – when everyone one around me is getting married and having children, it is really hard not to have thoughts of anger, jealousy, and lust! The only way to battle this is to get closer to Jesus – spending a lot of time reading the Bible, praying, and seeking the counsel of older godly women

  • Brit

    I’ve found that in truly working on purity, you need to be in constant prayer and pray on specific verses. It sounds cliche but it truly reshapes your thought process when you are giving your focus and attention to God. My favorite is this, “Create in me a clean heart O God, renew a right spirit within me”. Also I have a question that I could really use some good godly input on. In a serious relationship, is it necessary to let your partner know of any impure choices you’ve made in past? I’ve heard it can either bring two closer together in intimacy or create a wall between the two. Thanks!!

  • Nelly

    An area I struggle with is that I tend to fantasize a lot about guys and constantly with almost every new guy I meet, think that he might be my future husband. But with the Lord, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!”

  • Rachel Lee

    Watching certain TV shows and movies because I realize how easy it is to become satisfied through them. It’s not so much of the content that’s impure but spending hours watching PLL when I can be reading my Bible or serving my family and friends.
    We can only be pure through Jesus. No matter how many self improvement plans I try, only Jesus can truly cleanse and purify me. Depending on the only pure one can only make me pure.

  • dreamingheather

    Appologise my username is so old lols, I’m going to update it when I can.

    Question 1: To be honest I dont accept any of my impurity as acceptable even when Ive had experince with others in and outside the church say it’s harmless, and it’ll be different once your in a relationship. But anyways, I struggle with the thoughts (anxiety doesnt help, racing thoughts etc.), thoughts (concerning lusts), thoughts (day dreaming on a different life, not me ofcourse, I’m not beautiful enough, physically strong enough nor confident enough;there I can play and pretend) and even struggle to understand and resist impure dreams (yes night time dreaming, vivid and constant dreams I remember). So I absolutly understand motives behind thoughts and struggle with “I desire” becuase I’ve never been in a guy-relationship ever, not dating, nothing. Longest time I struggle with”am I not good enough, am I not beautiful.” Esoecially in Highschool with one guy friend when through 3 of my girlfriends but just happened to “skip over me”. Lets just say I became familiar with being excluded but also a thrid wheel 3 times. And as much as I know I’ve been blessed with a Discerning spirit I terribly lack the right action part of “wisdom”.

    Question 2: Ive been that one, good on the outside and poisoning myself on the inside. And my not so favorite word is “again, again, again Lord I’m sorry.” And I’m tired of givng in so that fuels my fire and God’s amazing grace and love for me. But even with promises and commitment, I suck at keeping on the right path. Obvious temtptations and ones that surprise me. I have to commit daily, morning and night to God. Prayer and remembering ill consequence and refocus on God, thats what I’m trying to discipline myself daily. When I hear Jesus call I pray I run to Him.

    Thanks for letting me share.

    Awakening in Christ,
    Heather

  • Nicola Marshall

    Question 2. We need to keep our minds pure too. It can be a struggle to watch the door of our mind and hearts, with the things we read, watch and do. Often in the privacy of our rooms or beds our minds can wander to impure things. The Lord sees all. So we need to pray for Him to help guard our hearts and fill our minds with scripture. I find this helpful…

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  • #2. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” So keeping intentions pure, as well as thoughts and actions. I think a part of this is also in not judging others – at least, that seems to be the message in Romans 2:1.

  • Lizzette Compean

    1) I have definitely struggled with justifying serving others outside my home such as friends and church family more than the family in my home. Sometimes I would give the best of my time and make the best food for others more than my own family. I thought since I was serving the Lord that it was ok. I know now that being a good servant starts in my own home. God is always teaching me and he helps me be the best me. He’s faithful and I’m never alone!

  • Erin

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”?

    One area of my life that I have dismissed impurities as socially acceptable in is music. I often find myself singing along to songs that have no godly value and bring no glory to God whatsoever. God does not call us to live like the culture surrounding us. Rather, He calls us to “live blameless and pure, children of God who shine like stars in a crooked and deprived generation” Phil. 2: 14-16. This is an area of my life that I need to align with God and rid myself of the impurities of the culture.

    Worrying about the future is another example of an impurity that is common in my life but seen as okay within our culture. God calls us to live fearlessly, whole-heartedly trusting in Him. When I worry, I tell God that I don’t believe that He can handle it, and that is a lie. Our culture devalues worry/fear and sees it as “normal” or “okay”. However, God seeks to rid us of this impure mindset, and calls us to accept His peace and rest in Him.

  • Karen Alvarez

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”?

    I think the biggest one would be music and movies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I watch those disturbing rated R movies or listen to only explicit songs, but many times, I am tempted to watch a movie because it has an actor or actress I like even if I know it would not please the Lord. Music is the easiest one because it is extremely easy to turn on the radio and listen to songs that say impure things. When many of your friends are not devoted Christians, it is easy to follow the lead of singing along to says that demeaning things without thinking about it and it’s not okay.

  • Estela

    1. What areas of impurity (in your own life or in general) have you dismissed as socially acceptable or “okay” because they are not generally seen as “bad”?
    I think the biggest for me personally would be fashion (such as shorts, short dresses and off the shoulder shirts). To many this might not seem like a big deal but as a Christian I know that I should honor my body and demonstrate to the world that I’m Gods daughter. even though I don’t wear over exposed cloth I have seen how the media praises these kinds of cloth and make it seem like its ok to almost wear nothing! so I pray that I may not allow the media to change my point of view on what a modest girl should and should not wear. and to help me stop wearing cloth like shorts…etc.

  • Leanna

    Question 2: Being pure before the Lord involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no deviousness, no hypocrisy, and no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul. Pleasing Him and following His purpose should be our omen and only desire. It’s so hard to push aside our own thoughts and ways of life, but things done before the Lord, in secret are pleasing to Him. Matthew 6:6 says that we will be rewarded if we pray in secret, behind closed doors. It’s not what we do in public that shows our true character, it’s what we do when no one is looking but the Lord. That shows our true character.

  • Leanna Swanson

    Question 2: Being pure before the Lord involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no deviousness, no hypocrisy, and no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul. Pleasing Him and following His purpose should be our one and only desire. It’s so hard to push aside our own thoughts and ways of life, but things done before the Lord, in secret are pleasing to Him. Matthew 6:6 says that we will be rewarded if we pray in secret, behind closed doors. It’s not what we do in public that shows our true character, it’s what we do when no one is looking but the Lord. That shows our true character.

  • Heather Emma Marie England

    I’ve actually been thinking about purity a lot here recently. To answer the first question, I used to see movies and music as things that couldn’t do any harm. But slowly I began to realize that they can actually be very harmful to our relationship with Christ. I, here recently, started taking a long, hard look at the things I was letting into my heart and mind and decided I needed to change. I’ve stayed away from the music and movies that are “bad” since then and I know it’ll definitely be worth it!

  • Victoria

    Question 1: I think the biggest thing for me is music. I LOVE MUSIC! But I know not all music is God-honoring. I listen to a lot of different music, and have just thought, “as long as I don’t put the lyrics into action in my own life, it doesn’t matter what I listen to”, but that’s not true. What goes in will come out at some point, whether it’s a physical sin, or a mental sin it’s still a sin. Just because another human being doesn’t know your thoughts, doesn’t mean it’s not a sin. I will definitely be praying over this and cutting back on certain music and specific artists that don’t glorify God.

  • Danielle

    Question #2:
    To be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit, I first have to change my heart. I realizing taking my thoughts captive is extremely important. How I think, is how I act, and in turn shows my character, WHO I AM! So staying pure for me mean letting go of myself (I can get self-focused) and relying on God and his Truth to define me and purify me of sinfulness.

  • Tiana

    Question #1: the thing that i see around me the most that is accepted as okay, is music and movies/tv. We have the mind set that it’s “just” music or it’s “just” movies. But what we watch and listen to affects our actions, and it affects our relationship with Christ. So we just need to be mindful of that.

  • Leanna Swanson

    Question 2: Being pure before the Lord involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no deviousness, no hypocrisy, and no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul. Pleasing Him and following His purpose should be our one and only desire. It’s so hard to push aside our own thoughts and ways of life, but things done before the Lord, in secret are pleasing to Him. Matthew 6:6 says that we will be rewarded if we pray in secret, behind closed doors. It’s not what we do in public that shows our true character, it’s what we do when no one is looking but the Lord. That shows our true character.

  • setapartforchrist

    2. How can you be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit—not just in public, but before the Lord?

    You can be pure in body, mind, soul, and spirit by guarding your heart . The these things that you see, do, hear and touch have an affect with your relationship with Christ. If I am not putting things in front me that will help me grown in the Lord then I’m not going to pure towards Him. I won’t be able to pray and talk to him because inside is so dirty.

  • Abigail Hawkins

    Question 2: We need to be pure in our minds as well. The devil can often throw inappropriate thoughts into our minds that are not pure thoughts. A big part of staying pure is always keeping your mind right and keeping it in the things of God!

  • Melinda Elam

    Wow, I’ve read through just a few of the comments and they are so honest and good!

    Question 2: we have to have integrity, knowing that God sees all. Really having a holy fear of the Lord. Which means that we love the Lord and want to please Him. That we know He will follow through on His Word. That His Word is the abolsute Truth. But I think that where our relationship with the Lord is strong a lot of the worlds pleasures and lists a just aren’t appealing anymore. I think our Christian culture has tried really hard to serve two masters and we cant do that. We’ve tried to have Christianity and be lukewarm or half way in. We just cant do that. I think we really have to decide to be all in and to base everything single thing we do on Gods Word. It’s definitely a heart issue. We want what we want, kind of a thing. Just a few of my thoughts. 🙂 its possible and Gods ways are not burdensome. And then on the flip side we cant become religious. We really have to be lead by the Holy Spirit in our walk with the Lord.

  • Cait

    I can be pure before God by being intentional to rid myself of sin. I can be careful how I be in his strength.

  • Judith Van Den

    For me the answer to question 2 is to ask myself in situations: What would God do right now if he would be in this situation right now? If you strive to living the way God wants you to live your life, you are striving to be pure for God

  • Chelsea

    We can remain pure in body, mind and spirit by continually fixing our eyes on Jesus. We must not let things of this world take our focus from Him. We should constantly be holding ourself accountable for the things we are put into our mind/ thoughts. Movies, TV, music, relationships, etc. can all influence us and cause us to slip in the fight to remain pure. We should ask ourselves often if it is drawing us closer to Jesus and becoming more like Him or pulling us the other way.

  • Aleksandra

    We can remain pure before the Lord by setting our hearts on things above (Colossians 3:2) and thinking about the Lord in all of our ways (Proverbs 3:6). <3
    I personally struggled with the second verse for a time, because I'm guilty of measuring myself to perfection, rather than to grace. So it stressed me and I felt like I need to be perfect, so that I won't dishonor God. Lately I've discovered that this verse can actually give us so much peace! It implies that we have a place to turn to before deciding / doing anything and can have the assurance to be on a good way when obeying God. Just some of my thoughts to that topic 🙂

  • Citizen Kim

    Purity is living a life that is unspotted by the world, sin, and the devil. It is doing right even when no one is watching. Purity starts in the heart and is very decisive way of living that has purposed to glorify God. Living for self or sin is the result of living impurely. An impure life is as adultery. It is like a white lamb that has a few little spots that are beginning to spread across its body and to other sheep. Purity, on the other hand is like taking a refreshing, crisp, cool drink from a natural spring. It’s living a life that pleases God and is not afraid to do so. The Pure God we serve is the only one who enables us to be pure.

  • Jade Stone

    Ive done so many things because its not seen as bad and for years hoped to be one of the cool kids but that came with changing who I was which meant swearing and getting myself in boy drama and the worst part is that im unbelievably young.

  • Rachel Shaw

    Staying pure in mind has to happen over and over again until it’s a trained habit. For me personally, I’ve had to fill my mind with Scripture over and over until it’s all I think about. I want Gods Word to flood in my heart and mind so that it just has to flow out and spread to others!! So Thats how I stay pure mentally and physically. Its a battle that must be fought with the Word.
    Thanks for this great post ladies!! Great job!
    In His grip, Rachel❤

  • Ariah Orr

    Over these past few weeks I have been praying a lot, asking the God to expose all of the lies that I have been believing. If I didn’t believe in God’s promise to answer prayers before, I surely do now! It is amazing how God changes your heart when you set it before Him!
    The one area of impurity that God has been faithful in exposing to me is my idol of beauty. In our society, there is such a twisted view of what true beauty is. This past weekend, my pastor gave a sermon on biblical femininity and how it is solely based around beauty, but not in the way that the world defines beauty. Our world puts such value in our outward appearance. Each of us has a desire to be loved and accepted, and the society we live in tells us that as women, we will be loved and accepted only if we are beautiful by the world’s standards. It is so easy to fall into that trap! Mainstream media popularizes “beautiful” women based on their outward appearance when in reality, God does not look at the outward appearance because that is what man looks at. God looks at the heart. As cliche as it is, true beauty comes from within. 1 Peter 3:3-4 is very clear about that! When we accept our new life in Christ, we become a new creation with a new heart and a new name. We no longer are bound to the burdens our society puts on us. We can accept that true beauty is not about what we look like; true beauty is about our hearts. I have seen God working in me and making me beautiful according to His standards. I am not beautiful because of what I look like; I am beautiful because God has given me a new heart and He is refining me just like He said He would. I have been living an impure life because I haven’t truly accepted the truth that I am a new creation and I have a new heart because of what Jesus did for me and because of my inability to see myself the way Christ sees me. God has been so faithful in bringing this impurity to my attention. Purity is not just about being physically pure. Purity is about being physically, emotionally, and mentally pure before God. I have not been living mentally or emotionally pure before God because I have been letting society’s definition of beauty cloud God’s truth. I let this idol of beauty run my life, but let me tell you that this idol has found it’s place under God’s foot! God has taken His rightful place on the throne of my heart and has shown me what true beauty is! My Abba is making me truly beautiful on the inside so that I can let His beauty shine through me!

  • Mikayla growick

    I think one of the main impurities in my life that I have becomes to a certain extent immuned to is putting myself down. So many times through out the day we tend to look down upon our insecurities and believe that our actions define us; when we fail (which we will) we immediately say something’s wrong with us or asks ourselves “why am I like this?” Or “why can’t I be as good as them?” We go through the motions of criticizing ourselves more than anyone else without even realizing it!

  • Sarita

    You can be pure by showing Gods love to others wherever you are and taking the time out of your day and spending some time in your prayer closet praying for those people. You can focus on serving God by reading the bible and spending time in prayer for yourself and those around you.

  • Teiausha

    Staying pure in your thoughts, and how you act. Just because you’re pure on the outside… there’s a still the inside and that’s something that sooo many people pray about including myself.

  • Layla Thomas

    Are thoughts affect the way we think and if we are thinking about unpure stuff were not going to be pure we can avoid it by spending time with God in his word and praying constantly.

  • Brooke M.

    We can have hope in Jesus! He fulfills our longing for love. Thanks for this post, Marjorie!

  • Katie Holt

    My thoughts really are bad and I know I should not think but I do any way, purity begins in the heart and because I made poor decisions my thought life is very displeasing to God.

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