Biblical Reasons for Personal Purity
This is a short synopsis of the Bible's statements encouraging personal purity
The current mindset
We've been hearing these phrases since the 1960's: "If it feels good, do it." "Whatever floats your boat." "It is alright so long as we both love each other." "It's my body and I will do with it whatever I please." "It is okay so long as no one else is being hurt." These have been common attitudes for half a century, but none of these address the reality that there are often consequences to our choices.. One of my college professors spoke of having worked in a hospital during his college years. Three men shared one of the rooms there: one was dying of cirrhosis of the liver due to his excessive alcohol use, another was dying from lung cancer due to his excessive smoking of cigarettes, and the third was enduring the final phases of the venereal disease he had contracted during his many sexual exploits. Often, there is indeed a price to pay. And, often, there is the challenge to 'go against the tide', and choose to refuse to follow the crowd and do what is sensible, sane, and moral - with no backlash awaiting us in the years ahead. "Everybody's doing it" doesn't means it is right, and that phrase reminds me of the fellow who said, "Eat manure - 50 billion flies can't be wrong!" Our failure to act responsibly and morally will often mean we must live with the consequences of our actions, and possibly be a burden to those who love us as they have to deal with our health issues that have arisen due to our reckless behavior. Sensible moral character seldom comes with a devastating price tag.
Biblical encouragement and challenges to personal moral purity
What follows are scripture passages and/or personal statements coupled with scripture which are motivation to personal purity. Some are written as personal statements.
Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure.
Matthew 5:8 ¶ "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
2 Timothy 2:21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
I Timothy 3:9 So that God can speak to me through His word, and I can hold the mysteries of the faith with a clear conscience
So I can obey I Thessalonians 5:22. “ abstain from every form of evil.
Paul’s instruction: love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. I Timothy 1:5
Colossians 3:6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience
Psalm 24:3-4 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.
Proverbs 15:26 Pleasant words are pure.
Because impurity is a work of the flesh, and those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Galatians 5:19-21
1 Timothy 6:19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
Because it will help me obey Ephesians 4:29: Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Proverbs 21:8 The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
Being pure will help me draw near to God, and He will draw near to me, and I will not be a double-minded man. James 4:8
Sin in my heart will cause God to refuse to hear my prayers. Psalm 34:15, 17; 66:18; Proverbs 15:8, 29
So that my motives will be right when I pray. James 4:3
Ephesians 5:3-5 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among those wishing to please God; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Swim upstream!! Go against the tide!! Don't follow the crowd!! Be your own man, or woman!! No one ever regretted a clear conscience. It makes it much easier to live with yourself. Be the one who says, "I'm glad that I...", rather than the one who says, "I wish I hadn't...". Well wishes to those who read and heed. Thanks to all my readers