Just the other day we had a snow day, which is surprising considering that we live in Central New York. While we were at home digging out and enjoying a nice fire, my beautiful and loving wife wanted to really bless our family with a fantastic chicken francaise meal. She began this long process of preparing, breading, and frying the chicken. She made the house smell so good and dinner even looked better than it smelled! We were all ready to eat and my wife accidentally broke a dish on the counter right next to the food. She felt sad because she worked so hard to bless her family. We spent the next hour cleaning up glass that had shattered all over the kitchen and then it seemed like we spent an eternity deciding whether to eat the chicken. Eventually Carmen found one small piece of glass in the food and we had to discard the entire dinner. I still think that it was the best dinner that I never had!
Sexual purity is very similar to this dinner experience. Purity, itself is the absence of contaminants in a substance or a person’s character. According to Galatians 5:19-21 sexual impurity is only one of the many sins of the flesh that can separate us from the love of God. Many say that, “sin is sin,” but 1 Corinthians 6:18 states that sexual sins are different than the others in that sexual impurity is also sinning against ones own body. Galatians 5 doesn’t stop by identifying sin, but continues by stating that people who “do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
One small piece of glass can contaminate an entire meal that still smelled and looked great and just like you, you may have all the right appearances of holiness, but one wrong action contaminates the entire temple of the Holy Spirit. If you are struggling to maintain a sense of purity in your life, then please reach out for help, find an accountability partner, seek out a counselor who can help you identify what is preventing you from living a true life of holiness!