The Call to Purity is not merely a call to maintaining our bodies until marriage or salvaging what remains of it if we have already given ourselves away to someone other than our future husband; the bigger, more resounding call to honor a loving, caring father that intends to protect our bodies and our hearts. See, the world uses protection to safeguard against pregnancy and diseases, but above that our loving, caring Father in heaven, protects our hearts, and there is no pill for that, no pill that can repair the damage done when you receive word from your doctor that you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), no pill that can heal a broken heart after unfaithfulness, no pill that will cure any sense of regret for not saving yourself for your one day husband. God’s love, care and concern is not just for you, but also for your future mate; He tells us in Hebrews 13:4 to keep the marriage bed undefiled.
Purity is not something we arrive at naturally in part because of our own fleshly desires, lack of the fruit of of the Holy Spirit to exercise self-control, and also because of outside influences. Society does not consider waiting to be a normal practice or even an option. It may feel good now, but there are consequences for our decisions that we have to endure later. Just because we serve a forgiving God doesn’t mean we do not face the consequences of our actions and our reckless or risky behaviors. According to Oswald Chambers, purity is something far too deep for me to arrive at naturally. But when the Holy Spirit comes into me, He brings into the center of my personal life the very Spirit that was exhibited in the life of Jesus Christ, namely, the Holy Spirit, which is absolute unblemished purity. Therefore, we just need to admit that we cannot do it alone, we must rely on the Holy Spirit to enable and empower us. How will you answer the call to purity?