What is Purity?
“No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity (emphasis mine)–1 Timothy 4:12.”
What is purity? Is purity not crossing a certain line that you and your boyfriend/girlfriend have decided is wrong? As we continue in this month’s topic of dating, we want to ask ourselves these types of questions as Christians. Should my standard for purity be different than those friends around me who have no love for Christ or His will for their lives? The word here used by Paul for purity (hagneia) has its roots in the word holy (hagios). This fact alone should tell us that God desires something more for us in dating than the “don’t cross the line mentality” or “true love waits” program. Holiness begins within the heart and then expresses itself out in my actions/behaviors. Purity also begins in the heart and also expresses itself out in our actions/behaviors.
As Joshua Harris states in his book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, “True purity is a direction, a persistent, determined pursuit of righteousness. This direction starts in the heart, and we express it in a lifestyle that flees opportunity for compromise.”