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Purity is one of those subjects that seems to get plenty of attention already, but with the release of “50 Shades of Grey” last month, I started thinking about the need to mark it in my Bible. And here’s why–purity is not just a goal for the young and unmarried. It’s the standard for every Christian. No matter what age you are, I imagine you’ve been influenced by, subjected to, or even tempted by impurity in some way recently. That’s the nature of the world in which we live.
-An elderly Christian man makes an off-color comment to you. Should you just laugh uncomfortably because, well, he’s old?
–Can married couples watch sizzling DVD’s to “get in the mood”?
-It’s a no-brainer that it’s wrong for husbands to view pornography, but can wives read salacious romance novels?
These questions and more are being asked by young and old alike. As we try to present ourselves “holy and blameless” (Eph. 1:4; 5:27), we must turn to God’s Word for our answers.
In the front of your Bible, write:
Purity- Num. 32:23
*Because there are so many verses in this study, they will only be referenced in this article instead of written out. The phrases I include can be written in the margin of your Bible next to the verse, if you like.
Num. 32:23– YOUR SIN WILL BE EXPOSED
While Moses is addressing a specific sin in a specific situation, the warning still applies today. This is an especially good reminder for certain hidden sins. Underline “be sure your sin will find you out.” In the margin, write “(see also Ecc. 12:14).” At the end of the verse, write Psa. 51:10.
Psa. 51:10– PRAY FOR A PURE HEART
This is the psalm David wrote after being convicted of his guilt, part of which was sexual in nature. Underline “create in me a clean heart.” At the end of the verse, write 101:3.
Psa. 101:3– NEVER LOOK AT ANYTHING DIRTY
Underline “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes” and “it shall not fasten its grip on me.” At the end of the verse, write 119:9.
Psa. 119:9– HOW CAN A YOUNG PERSON STAY PURE? LIVE THE WORD
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write v. 27-32.
Psa. 119:30-32– DETERMINE TO BE HOLY
Circle the words “I will,” “I have” (twice), “I cling,” and “I shall.” Choosing to keep our eyes on the holy Word of God will make it easier for us to look away from the unholy. At the end of the verse, write Prov. 4:23.
Prov. 4:23– ABOVE ALL ELSE, GUARD YOUR HEART
Underline the entire verse. The “issues of life” are mentioned in the following verses. When we guard our heart, the rest of our body will follow. At the end of the verse, write 6:24,25.
Prov. 6:24,25– DON’T ALLOW DESIRE TO GROW IN YOUR HEART
Underline “do not desire her beauty in your heart.” Desire for your spouse is good and right (see Song of Solomon), but we must never allow ourselves to desire anyone who is not our spouse. It begins in the heart. At the end of the verse, write v. 27-29.
Prov. 6:27-29– ADULTERY IS COSTLY
Circle the words “burned” and “scorched,” and underline all of verse 29. We can’t play with fire without getting burned. As the text says, adultery “will not go unpunished.” At the end of the verse, write 8:8.
Prov. 8:8– AVOID PERVERTED OR SUGGESTIVE SPEECH
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write 10:9.
Prov. 10:9– DON’T DO THINGS YOU HAVE TO HIDE
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write 28:10.
Prov. 28:10– NEVER LEAD ANOTHER TO SIN
Underline “He who leads the upright astray in an evil way will himself fall into his own pit.” At the end of the verse, write Jer. 17:10.
Jer. 17:10– HEART, MIND, AND CONDUCT MATTER
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write Matt. 5:27-30.
Matt. 5:27-30– IF IT CAUSES YOU TO STUMBLE, REMOVE IT FAR FROM YOU
The example is given of a man looking at a woman to lust after her. Jesus said it would be better to remove the eye than to lose his soul in hell. While He is not suggesting we literally cut off body parts, He is saying we should give up (sacrifice; go without) anything that we know leads us to temptation. Modern day examples might include personal internet use, books by certain authors, etc. At the end of the verse, write Rom. 13:14.
Rom. 13:14– KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON CHRIST INSTEAD OF YOUR BODY’S DESIRES
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write 1 Cor. 5:9.
1 Cor. 5:9– STAY AWAY FROM ANYONE WHO IS SEX-MINDED
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write 6:9.
1 Cor. 6:9– KNOW WHAT GOD CALLS UNRIGHTEOUS
Underline “do not be deceived.” The world promotes homosexuality, fornication, and adultery, but God doesn’t want us to be confused. They are sinful acts. At the end of the verse, write v. 18-20.
1 Cor. 6:18-20– HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY
Underline all of v. 18 and “glorify God with your body” in v. 20. At the end of the verse, write Gal. 5:16-21.
Gal. 5:16-21– FLESHLY SINS CRUSH THE SPIRIT
Underline all of v. 16, 17. Circle “deeds of the flesh” in v. 19. Underline “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” in v. 21. At the end of the verse, write Eph. 5:3,4.
Eph. 5:3,4– AVOID EVEN A HINT OF IMPURITY
Underline the entire verse. As Christians, we will honor and protect the Lord’s church by refusing to engage in anything improper. At the end of the verse, write Phil. 4:8.
Phil. 4:8– FILL YOUR MIND WITH PURE THINGS
Underline the entire verse. Thinking on things that are lovely, pure, and right will make it that much harder to allow unholy things into our mind. At the end of the verse, write 1 Thess. 4:3-8.
1 Thess. 4:3-8– CONTROL YOUR BODY
Underline “abstain from sexual immorality” and “possess his own body in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion.” At the end of the verse, write Ti. 2:11,12.
Tit. 2:11,12– SAY ‘NO’ TO UNGODLINESS
Underline all of v. 12. At the end of the verse, write Heb. 13:4.
Heb. 13:4– KEEP THE MARRIAGE BED PURE
Underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write 1 John 1:9.
1 John 1:9– A SEXUAL PAST DOESN’T PREVENT A PURE FUTURE
Underline the entire verse. It’s never too late to start embracing purity!
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