Is the Pursuit of Purity Exciting?

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If someone asked you what is your goal in life, and you answered “to pursue purity,” it would, for sure, be an unexpected answer. However, when James describes what wisdom that honors God looks like, the first word he selects is pure. Peter urges us to love one another from a pure heart. Purity is vital to a life that honors God.

In the New Testament, to be pure is to be genuine, authentic, and undefiled.

These are qualities that would enhance any life endeavor and any relationship! So, being pure is sounding a little more attractive.  Here is an extended definition of purity:

Purity is a dynamic expression of godly character. It radiates through the whole person. Purity is rare. Purity is not simply the absence of lust. It is the embodiment of all that is special and honorable. It is a vibrant quality. It is at once all that being made in the image of God encompasses. Purity is the essence of what is noble and praiseworthy about the human spirit. A person is not pure because of what he was, but because of who he is. True purity produces peaceful contentment that cannot be duplicated by lust and self-gratification! True purity flows from having your identity genuinely rooted in Christ. The pursuit of purity is one of joy, beauty, and excitement.

So even though being pure may sound unexciting in 2019, that is exactly why it is worthy of pursuit. God’s ways are not our ways. The aggressive pursuit of purity will protect you from the attacks of lust and sensuality that dominate modern culture. If the first quality that you looked for in building friendships was purity you life would immeasurably richer.  Imagine being influenced by people who are genuine, authentic and undefiled! Seen in this light, purity is beyond cool.

The pursuit of purity will transform young men and cause them to be fathers and husbands who will cherish their wives and treasure the uniqueness of women. The pursuit of purity will make young men into leaders who can be trusted and be leaders with integrity. The pursuit of purity will lead young women to grace and protection. It will help them to sort out men who are truly trustworthy from those given to the lusts of self-gratification and those trapped in the swamp of pornography. The pursuit of purity is the pursuit of holiness.

The pursuit of purity will free this generation from the ugly, destructive bonds of pornography and self-absorption. The pursuit of purity is not primarily about what a person does not do, but rather it is about aggressively pursuing the character of God with a genuine heart. Embrace purity for yourself and model it for your children. 

A pure and exciting life awaits!

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Marry Wisely, Marry Well

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Active Spirituality

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Christ Formed In You

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Treasure in the Ashes

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.