I have been doing some travelling recently to see some of you, which has given me time to reflect on the practical applications of living in purity. Last time I wrote about this verse:
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your Word.”- Psalm 119:9
Which made me think about these verses:
“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away… If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away.”- Matthew 5:29-30
If we are to walk on the path of purity, we need to get serious about what the Bible practically advises us to do. That doesn’t look like literally decapitating hands or taking our eyes out, but it does look like removing aspects of our lives that lead us to temptation.
What could that look like for you? Logging out of Instagram for a season? Leaving your phone outside your bedroom at night? Avoiding locations and situations that typically cause your mind to drift?
Whatever practical solutions you put in place to combat lust and to find purity, there is an inescapable reality that we need to grasp:
It will cost you
Just as cutting off your hand (I assume) would be pretty painful, there will be uncomfortable practical implications of cutting away things that lead us to stumble. We might not be up to date with our mates’ Instagram stories, it may curb our YouTube watching, we might miss out on parties that Monday morning conversations are all about.
Living according to God’s word will cost us in some sort of way, but it inevitably leads to a choice between freedom to live in purity, or a boundless life that lacks purity but has nice perks. The question I find myself asking is: Which do I want?
I would encourage you to ask the same question and if you have any thoughts or questions, give me a text on 07939007302