1 Corinthians 6:18 :- “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
Psalm 51:10 :- “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 :- “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.”
Two aspects of purity are revealed in the verses above – sexual purity and purity/cleanliness of the heart. Firstly, a pure heart draws us closer to our Creator.
Over time, our perception of life changes. This is the same with our perception of purity.
As “baby Christians”, we may perceive purity as abstaining from sex or sexual intercourse. Rightly so. Some people go through phases where they wear purity rings, for instance. There is nothing wrong with having these visual symbols that signify purity. Purity rings may act as visual reminders of one’s commitment to God in terms of staying pure.
As we grow, however, as we mature in faith, we experience different things in life. Slowly, our perception of purity is altered. Some may begin to reflect on their actions and ponder upon what purity really means. This may lead to the realization that purity is more than just abstaining from sex.
The dictionary defines purity as:
▪”Freedom from immorality especially of a sexual nature”
▪”A state of not being mixed with anything else”
▪”Freedom from spiritual or moral defilement”
▪”Innocence or chastity”
What is established here is the fact that purity is a state of being undefiled, not being mixed up with anything that can result in impurity. Now let’s look at what the Bible says about purity.
Matthew 5:8 :- “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God