Imagine it’s just moments before your best friend’s wedding and you and the other bridesmaids are helping her get ready for her big day. While you are assisting her needs, someone hands the bride-to-be a bowl of tomato soup to calm her nerves. In horror, you watch as droplets of the tomato soup splatter on her dress, sullying the once glamorous, white dress into tomato disaster!
I know that this seems like a silly illustration, but please hear me out on this. Of course, it is very common to want to have a perfect, beautiful, and spotless dress on that special day, yet few of us don’t seem to want to look just as beautiful in our hearts.
Purity means: “the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes; freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.”
Purity is so much more than just abstinence and abstaining from sex (but that is a very good start though) It’s the way we choose to live clean and holy towards the Lord. There are actually five pillars of purity that are called the PERMS. (I found this term in a Christian magazine). There is
M.ental Purity and…
It seems like a lot, I know, but we can all work on each a little at a time. I already know some areas I need to work more on. It may seem very difficult to remain pure in these days, especially with the many distractions and temptations all around us. I mean, just look at the cover of a magazine or look at the news. Purity is being mocked and scorned, when in reality it is such a precious jewel that must be contained in our hearts. It can be done…with God’s help of course. God has His reasons why He wants us to be pure…so we can enjoy our futures with our husbands! Another reason is so that God can use us for a greater purpose than we we could ever imagine.
Yeah, God wants to use you!
But, why would God use a dirty temple to fulfill His purpose in us? Would you want to use a dirty glass to drink from…I hope not. So why would God?
(1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV) Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
That’s what the illustration was for. How would you feel to show up on your wedding day with a dirtied, torn, sullied dress while you’re walking down the aisle? Pretty embarrassing huh? What do you think your groom would feel to see his bride covered in tomato soup…I guess he’ll be embarrassed also. Well, that’s how we should feel about our hearts. How do you think God feels about the way we are living right now? (for me, I know I have a LOT more work to do) Are we living a life pleasing and pure unto Him? Or are we sullying our innocence for something that’s not even worth it in the end. But my God is so awesome that He allows us to get things straight within ourselves and allows to make a turn around. It’s not to late to make a change in our lives.
It may take a while to finish the complete makeover for our lives, but trust me, all of this will be worth it! Doesn’t it take a while for you to put on makeup in the mornings? So just like our hearts, it might take while, but we must allow God to purify our hearts (and minds) so He can present us as His spotless bride. Just imagine yourself walking down the aisle clothed in a beautiful, white dress glimmering under the lights as you approach your groom…now imagine the huge smile on God’s face when He sees His beautiful, precious bride walking towards Him with pure, glistening heart as bright as gold coming towards Him on that special day!
This post wasn’t made to condemn, only to help. And I also know that girls may feel that it is too late for them and that God will never forgive them once that purity is lost. But let me tell you this: God still loves you and it doesn’t matter what you have done in the past that God can’t forgive you for. NOTHING! God can restore, forgive, and make you white as snow as if you had never done anything in your life. I know that it may feel undeserving (I know how that feels) but truth is NONE of us on this earth deserves God’s grace (not even those Christians who think they have done nothing wrong). But that’s why it’s called grace. God loves us despite the mess we have made and He is so willing to make us whole and completely new again! “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) So don’t allow anyone to tell you that you cannot be forgiven by God after you mess up. Just read 1John 2:1 which says “My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (ESV)
“Pureness is the condition of your heart in the present – not in the past” ~Donald James Parker, Author of Reforming the Potter’s Clay