Friday, March 9, 2018

3 Ways to Stay Sexually Pure

God's plan for sex is simple:  Never before marriage, never outside of marriage, and never with the opposite sex.  How can you maintain sexual purity?

First, you need to be sexually pure with your body.  All sex should be reserved for your spouse.  Hebrews 13:4 (CSB) says, “Marriage is to be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.”

Second, you need to be sexually pure with your eyes.  You should not be visiting strip clubs, or looking at porn, or gawking at other women/men when you’re out in public.  You should only have eyes for your spouse.  Psalm 101:3 (NLT) says, “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.”  Psalm 119:37 (CSB) says, “Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in your ways.”  Proverbs 4:25 (CSB) says, “Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead.”  Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-29 (CSB), “27 “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

Third, you need to be sexually pure with your words.  Don’t ever talk to your spouse or anyone else about other people that you are attracted to.  And don’t flirt with people other than your spouse.  Save all of your flirtations for marriage.  Proverbs 5:18-20 (CSB) says, “18 Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving deer, a graceful doe—let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever. 20 Why, my son, would you lose yourself with a forbidden woman or embrace a wayward woman?”

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