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Teen Tuesday—Guarding Your Purity

purityFlee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace,
along with 
those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(2 Timothy 2:22)

It’s crystal clear in the Bible that God wants His women—young, old, and all ages—to be pure. Titus 2:3-5 tells the older women in the church to teach and serve as role models to the younger women. It’s amazing that there are only six topics listed for these ladies to teach to those who are younger. And guess what? Purity is one of them: They are to teach and “encourage the young women to…[be] pure” (NASB).

Purity does not come naturally! That’s because of our sin nature, which means the opposite of purity is what comes naturally! So you must choose to avoid people, places, and practices that might tempt you toward wrong and impure thoughts and deeds.

What else can you do? A daily dose of the Bible will have a powerful purifying effect on your heart and mind. Reading the Word will lead you to a purer life, and it will expose you to scriptures that give good advice to young adults—like Psalm 119:9: “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.”

Another step you can and must take on the road to purity is confession (1 John 1:9). To confess your sin means to agree with God when you have failed to live according to His standard of purity. When you think an impure thought, confess it. If you hear something impure, confess it. When you see something impure, confess it. If you say something impure, confess it. Jesus, the one who died for your sins, is ready to forgive you!

When it comes to purity, you want to guard your …

… physical purity. This will guide how you behave.

mental purity. This will dictate what you think.

… spiritual purity. This will determine the depth of your devotion and worship.

Like all the areas of your life, God expects you to manage your purity. He has entrusted you with this most precious possession. Guard it well!

Surround yourself with inspiring Bible verses and encouraging guidance to discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having with Beautiful In God’s Eyes for Young Women. If you want to see something really beautiful ― take a look at the incredible young woman God made you to be.

 

Read Teen Tuesday—Guarding Your Purity on Elizabeth & Jim George.


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