God, And Our Struggle For Purity

"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God..."

1st Thessalonians 4:3-5

Before I continue on, let me inform you of who the man is on the front cover of this article. That is my father, Daniel Bryant, and he is the first example of true biblical manhood and purity that I've seen in my lifetime. Thank you, sir, for preserving yourself to set an example of such a godly marriage.

In the words of Jared Sanders, people are living as if we are upside down. The world that we live in is morally inverted. America, in particular, has turned farther and farther from God over time in ways that most people are not aware of. Our culture today is in a state of decay, as men and young boys are pumped with fantasies of sexual immorality in everyday living.

First, allow me to make it known that I write from a place of experience, a place of understanding. Sexual immorality, for men and women, whether it is pornography or fornication, is deadly to the mind and spirit. I know this firsthand.

What God has created for us is perfect in it's entirety. Just think of it: reserving your first kiss for the one man or woman that you choose to marry with under the will of God. How beautiful that moment would be! Taking up the noble commitment to total purity may sound like a overly high standard but the sacrifice is never better than the blessing. There is something amazing that takes place when a man and a woman become intimate in a Godly marriage. When they become united as Genesis 2:24 says, they then become one flesh. Just think about how much stronger and authentic that relationship becomes through having God as the foundation. This, my friends, is what we truly need. We cannot be entirely and wholeheartedly devoted to God, first and foremost, if there is even a hint of sexual immorality in our lives.

So how do we get clean from impurity? First through repentance to God and confession to others, secondly through community, surrounding yourself with Godly people, those who are willing and able to be accountable for you and to help you on your journey. Lastly, but certainly not the least of these, we gain purity and sanctification through time spent with the Lord and His word. These times are crucial. Important enough to where one must make time to spend with God. The best way to be just like someone is to spend time with that person, and to watch how that person lives their life. The same is true for our relationship with God. If we are to be like him in every aspect of our lives, which includes our sexual lives, then we must spend time with him. It is the most effective way to grow spiritually.

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