One Sunday morning, as the pastor came up to the pulpit, he began to speak. The service itself was dedicated to the young members of the church community. As always, when it comes to the young people, it's always a lesson about not doing something dumb. As the pastor continued to speak, he spoke about making not only wise decisions but making Godly decisions. In the midst of all of this, I remember one of the young people came forward, and the pastor announced that she was going to declare purity. I was perplexed, I had never heard of declaring purity, so I kept a close ear when the pastor began to speak about purity.
After witnessing this, I decided to look into the concept of purity. The more research I did, the more I was intrigued by it. Essentially purity is defined as "freedom from immorality, especially of a sexual nature." It is the concept of trying to keep your love life pure within yourself and within the relationships you become a part of, both romantic and non-romantic. It is keeping each form of your relationships, pure. Essentially staying away from anything impure, that can contaminate your relationship with God. It is the one way of Christian living, many young people have chosen to be pure, and it isn't an easy way of living. The reason why I know this is because I made the life decision to declare purity.
When I decided to declare purity, I decided to do it, to further my relationship with God. I made major changes in my life to try and be as pure as one can be, although I am human, and I know I am going to make mistakes. But I believe that God has forgiven me for the mistakes I have made. Along with declaring purity, I also wear a purity ring, on my ring finger on my left hand. I can't say how many times I have been mistaken for being married, and I have assured people I am not, and it opens the door for me sharing why I have a purity ring.
It has been two years since I decided to declare purity, and I have seen how my life has changed. The way I interact with people, the way I look at dating especially. Since I have declared purity, I have made a promise, to only Godly date. I have come to accept, to wait for someone who is also a Christian, someone who shares the same morals as me. To stay away from anything that may cloud my way towards living a Godly lifestyle.
Declaring Purity has taught me that it is OK to be single when you are waiting for someone who is worth your time. Someone who also has the same love for God as you do. I believe that is the best foundation, and I believe things will work if a relationship is founded upon with God in the middle. Purity has taught me to say no to guys that can hurt me, who don't have the same beliefs as me, it has taught me to be a greater woman for God. To understand it is going to be more of God and less of me, humbling, and so satisfying to know God is in control.