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IS VIRGINITY MORE IMPORTANT THAN SEXUAL PURITY?


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Life is meaningful when it is lived in alignment with God's plan and purpose. 

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice. (1 Thessalonians 4:3).






Many church-going Christians have heard messages about God’s will for His children to be sexually pure and to reserve sexual expression for marriage. We are taught that sexual activity outside of marriage and sexual addictions are sins that we need to turn away from. If we are asked what a Christian’s stand on sex and marriage is, most of us would probably articulate it this way.

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Briefly, we must first understand that Purity means to be morally clean without blemish - it's the state of the heart.

 Virginity, on the other hand, is abstinence from sexual intercourse - it's the state of the body. 

Purity is spiritual; Virginity is physical.

 A person can be a virgin and not be sexually pure.

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Sexual purity applies to both our actions and our attitudes. It is the active choice to refrain from sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage. It is the decision to guard your heart and mind by not allowing impure thoughts or attitudes to take over.
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28).

The Bible makes us understand that "All have sinned". We all fail when it comes to sexual purity when we focus on our human ability to live a life of purity. Thank God for the cross. The cross gives us the opportunity to stand before God unblemished. It says Jesus now stands in our place.
The cross also means sexual purity is not about us. It is about Jesus. Jesus makes us pure. And the Spirit gives us the power to withstand. We do not become sexually pure by trying with all of our might to withstand the passions and desires of the flesh. It won’t work. God gave us a sex drive and it is normal.

When God said “be fruitful and multiply” he gave you a sex drive. To have a sex drive is the desire to have sex with somebody. Everyone can give away something expensive but only people who understand "sacrifice" can give something valuable.


If you are still a virgin, fight for your virginity and give it to the man/woman of your dream while if you have engaged in sexual immorality and you want to live in purity you can be a 'born again virgin" - one who has repented and chosen to abstain from sex until marriage. 


The reason why God gives you a sex drive years before he wants you to have sex in the covenant of marriage is that the value of virginity is in the battle to live a life of self-control. In 2 Samuel 24, we understand that sacrifice is only a sacrifice if it costs you something. David only wanted to sacrifice to God something that has a cost. Living as a virgin and choosing a life of purity will cost you.

Your temptation never becomes your sin until you give it permission.

Remind yourself daily that God loves you and gave his life for you. God gave Himself up for you to secure for you an everlasting place in His presence that is more satisfying than anything this world could ever offer. God gave Himself up for you to purchase the purity that you could never earn. Whether your actions are pure or not, does not change your status of purity. When God looks at us, He sees us as pure because of Jesus.

What I am saying is this, we do not choose to avoid sexual immorality in order to live in purity, we do it because we are pure! Our motivation for purity comes from what we have already been, rather than something we are desperately trying to earn.
So, reject that negative voice of condemnation in you. God's will for us is Sanctity and Purity, not just virginity which is great and more of an outward sign. God has won purity for us through the cross and this is what we are and how we must live. Virginity is good, but the goal is to be sexually pure even after we've lost that virginity in marriage.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Hebrews 13:4).

Sexual purity which is God's will for all can only be achieved, rendered, and attributed to that man/woman in Christ Jesus. You cannot by the Spirit live a life of sanctity and sexual purity if you've not had an encounter with Jesus. 

You can begin a relationship now with the Lord Jesus Christ and experience His love for you by saying this prayer:


Lord Jesus Christ, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, I believe in your death and resurrection. I ask you to forgive me my sins, I reject the devil and all his works and l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life. I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus' name. Amen.
If you just said that prayer I welcome you to God's family. Look for a Bible-believing church where God's word is taught and fellowship there.

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