Maintaining moral purity
Maintaining moral purity is one of the attributes of a Godly man. But, this isn’t easy for most of us. You see, most every man, married or single, is sexually tempted; none of us can avoid it completely. As men, we are hammered daily with sensuous messages from magazine covers, movie ads, television commercials, and television shows. Add to this the explicit pornography that is just a click away, it is not difficult to understand why many men are tempted every day of their lives.
Here’s the thing, temptation is not a sin, but it can quickly lead to sin as you intentionally enjoy and pursue an illegitimate sexual relationship (lust) with a woman in your mind. This kind of fantasy is off limits for a man, because in God’s sight, by lusting after a woman, you have already committed an immoral act (Matthew 5:27-28).
So, if you’re a man who struggles with maintaining moral purity, there are practical steps you can take to help you be a maintain a high level of moral purity. They are:
1. Avoid sexually stimulating situations – do not allow yourself to get into a tempting situation by deliberately exposing yourself to temptation. 2. Think right – fortify yourself through regular reading and study of the Bible and prayer. 3. Be accountable – find an accountability partner. Somebody that you can be open and honest with.
The Challenge: What are some specific things you can do this week to maintain moral purity?