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An Open Letter About Purity
What would you say if someone asked you about sexual purity?
It's easy to give a pat answer in black and white. However, if you want to really get into the meaning of purity and how to find it in our over-sexualized society, you'll know in your heart there are too many grey areas to really hope for an easy answer.
There is no step-by-step guide to purity. However, the key to purity is there for you to discover—in the Bible. It requires study, prayer, and reflection, but you will discover God's plan for purity in your life if you look for it (1 Corinthians 10, James 1:13-15, and 1 Peter 5:8-9 are good places to start).
June's LifeTrac article, An Open Letter to Jenny, is a response to a letter written by someone asking this question. In her community, relationships and sexuality were understood to be one way, but as a new Christian, she was starting to question if this understanding was honouring to God.
In this letter, writer Bryana Murphy takes a touchy subject and avoids the cliché answers we're all bored of hearing. Instead she affirms Jenny's desire to honour God with her mind, body, spirit, and relationships. As well, she clarifies purity is much more than virginity. It's a lifestyle.
Here's an excerpt from the letter:
In your letter you asked what a relationship between two Christians should look like. I believe that God's desire is for us to honour and respect the man that we are dating and treat him as a brother in Christ, for that is what he is. We desire our brothers in Christ to be godly men with pure hearts and minds, and that is the kind of men we want to marry! I applaud you for your decision to abstain from sex until marriage! What a gift you will be for your future husband!
Every Christian that desires to have a God-honouring relationship has struggled with these same questions. The great thing about our God is that He gives us new beginning after new beginning. If you and your boyfriend have messed up in the past, you can start new today. If both of you are committed to honouring each other and God in the physical area of your relationships He will give you the strength to keep the boundaries that you commit to.
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About the author: Robyn Roste