Sexual purity is an essential aspect of any man’s life, and it is a concept that is emphasized throughout the Bible. God has created sexual intercourse to be a wonderful, holy, and precious thing in a marriage between one man and one woman. But anything that deviates from that is outside of what God intended and fits in the broad category of sexual immorality. Sexual immorality includes any sexual activity outside of marriage, including pornography, premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, and other sexual sins.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:18, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” [NIV] This verse is a powerful reminder of the importance of sexual purity and the consequences that come with sexual sin.
The Bible makes it clear that sexual sin is not something to be taken lightly or to be flirted with. The consequences can be severe, both in this life and the next. In addition to the physical and emotional consequences, sexual sin also separates us from God and damages our relationship with Him. Therefore, it is crucial that all men – young, middle-aged, old, single, or married – take sexual purity seriously and strive to maintain it in their lives. It is not always easy, but with the help of the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible to have victory over sexual sin.
One practical way to pursue sexual purity is by avoiding situations that could lead to temptation. This means not watching certain movies or TV shows, avoiding certain websites or social media platforms, and being cautious about the people we spend time with.
Don’t be afraid to take extreme measures! Jesus warned of the severity of lusting in the Sermon on the Mount by taking drastic actions (mostly hyperbole) in Matthew 5:28-30: “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” [ESV]
It also means being intentional about our thought lives. Our minds are incredibly powerful, and what we allow ourselves to dwell on can have a significant impact on our actions. It is advisable to “…be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” as Paul calls for us to do in Romans 12:2. Therefore, we must guard our minds and focus on what is pure and true.
Another important aspect of sexual purity is accountability. We need to have trusted friends or mentors in our lives who can hold us accountable and encourage us in our pursuit of sexual purity. This may mean regularly meeting with someone to discuss our struggles and challenges, and seeking their advice and support. If you find it extremely difficult to obtain from tempting sources of lust on your devices, look into additionally using accountability software such as Covenant Eyes.
Ultimately, the pursuit of sexual purity is a lifelong journey, and it requires diligence, discipline, and a reliance on God’s grace and strength. However, the rewards are worth it. By maintaining sexual purity, we honor God, protect our relationships, and live a life that is pleasing to Him.