Setting An Example: Purity
We finish the 'Setting an Example' series by looking at how we can cultivate pure hearts. Amy unpacks what 'purity' really means, and how we can live by example in this area. Have a great week! Nadia x
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Purity is much more than not having sex until marriage; it’s about mental and emotional boundaries as well. What we choose to put in our heads affects the way we think, talk and act.
It has been said that we are the sum of the three people we spend the most time with - they rub off on us. It is the same with the things we spend the most time with. If we’re forever watching reality TV, reading a specific book series (I often do this with Jane Austen or Harry Potter), or scrolling through Facebook, our hearts and minds are shaped by what we see.
So often I’ve found after watching the fifth “Lizzy and Darcy” video on YouTube, that my thoughts are focused on romantic relationships. I see them wherever I go and overly want one for myself.
We all do this, and whether your pitfall is too much Jane Austen, pornography, or violence, we have a responsibility to be careful about what we observe by fixing our eyes on that which is pure our hearts and minds are shaped by godly things, rather than by worldly things.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” (Psalm 119:9)
A village girl at heart, Amy is moving to Southampton this year to study Medicine; and is looking forward to taking up sailing, finding a new church, and seeing God move at Uni. She has loved being involved in churches and CU at home and is super excited to see what God has planned for this next (quite long!) chapter.