I have posted in the past on edreamright.com, purity rings for girls, promise rings and I’ll wait rings for our teenage children as well as for couples, but I thought it is very important to get a better understanding of what those rings really mean and even more a better understanding of the biblical meaning of purity, because all words have meanings.
Wearing a purity ring shows you, your mate and others that you have a religious vow to practice abstinence until marriage. Our young children need to be taught how dangerous it can be to have sex before marriage, which can lead to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. But if we as parents can teach our children to make a purity pledge of abstinence until married it will help to save them from harm.
The dictionary meaning of purity is, the lack of dirty or harmful substances, lack of guilt or evil thoughts, freedom from spiritual or moral defilement, cleanness, chastitly.
The Biblical meaning goes so much further. These are just some of the verses the bible teaches about purity of the heart.
Matthew 5:8- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Titus- 1:15- A person who is pure of heart sees goodness in everything and everyone.
Philippians 4:8- What should we focus on, Things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine and good things in others.
Purity includes concerns for the needy.at
James 1:27- Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
The biblical meaning of sexual purity can be found in theses verses.
1 Corinthians 6:18- Flee from sexual immorality.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5- The will of God is that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you know to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust.
Colossians 3:5- We are called to put to death what is earthly in us, sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
In Romans 12:2, speaks about a purity test. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
So, how many of us as adults are teaching our children or young adults the meaning of purity, of being abstinence until marriage? How many of us as adults are practicing the true meaning of purity by having a pure heart, by looking at the good in others, by being there for those in need including the orphans and widows? I am so far from being perfect but I am a work in progress, what about you? Share your thoughts on this post.