The why of purity

Because there was a time that I didn’t know what I know now.

1 Corinthians 13: 11. “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.”

I’ve shared before that as Christian girl in a Christian family raised with Christian teachings, I knew purity was important. But over time I’ve grown to understand that purity is not a physical parameter to be measured, but a matter of the heart. Purity doesn’t just mean no sex before marriage. If that were true, every married person shouldn’t ever have to worry about impurity again. “Phew, done with that test – glad I passed it?” No, purity is something to strive for even beyond marriage. Purity is a matter of the heart.

But what I wanted to share today is about the biggest reason why purity is important to me. Here are some other great reasons:

4. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and it’s great that we get to worship Him by keeping our phyiscal bodies holy.

3. I love my future spouse, your future spouse and you, so I am determined not to cause anyone to stumble.

2. Great emotional benefits – spouses find it easier to trust each other beyond marriage because they know they have a track record to refer to before marriage. 

But my biggest reason to the question “Why should I strive to be pure?” is this.

1. Impurity separates us from God, likewise purity draws us closer to God.

Lord, I pray for my brothers, my sisters and myself, that we will understand your heart more every day as we continue to seek You. Help us not only glorify You with our bodies but with our hearts and minds as well. Thank You for the privillege to worship You with all we have. We love you Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

Kepada saudara saudari saya yang menerima Yesus dengan penindasan yang berat

1 Tesalonika 1:6-7

Dan kamu telah menjadi penurut kami  dan penurut Tuhan; dalam penindasan yang berat kamu telah menerima firman itu dengan sukacita  yang dikerjakan oleh Roh Kudus, sehingga kamu telah menjadi teladan untuk semua orang yang percaya di wilayah Makedonia dan Akhaya.

Kamu yang menerima firman Tuhan dengan sukacita menjadi teladan kepada kami semua.

Witnessing gone wrong

A simple parable about speaking to people outside the faith:

Imagine that your young son goes missing, and you come to your friend, with tears in your eyes, and you tell him that something terrible has happened to your son. He may even have been kidnapped! So you ask your friend to help you find your son, to set your son free, and to bring him home again.

Then imagine the following conversation takes place—

Friend: I found your son.

You: Yes! Thank you! Where is he? Let me embrace my son.

Friend: Well, here’s the thing, when I found him, he was indeed kidnapped, but what’s more, the kidnappers had brainwashed him into thinking that they were his real family, and that this was the best life for him, and that you didn’t really love him or want him back.

You: No! Tell me that you rebuked that lie and told my son the truth!

Friend: Oh, I told him the truth alright. I told your son that he was doing wrong and bad things, that these people he was devoted to were wrong and bad, and that he had become as wrong and bad as them.

You: What have you done?

Friend: I just told him the truth!

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Last week I walked into a bar

… it hurt. (jk! Haha I think I’m funny :P)

Anyway, last week I did in fact go with some friends from church to Wild West for some country dancin’. It was so much fun! We also challenged each other to pray and talk to some people that night.

So I did. I prayed that God would give me a word for someone. There was a lady that I saw from across the room, and somehow I felt that God had blessed her with a gift of conducting business. I saw a strong business woman that was worrying about her job, but God was going to completely change things around.

I mustered up my courage and walked across the club to her. I said “Hi” to her friend sitting beside her and was given a look; that was when I chickened out and walked away.

After gathering with our group of friends again, I told Kim what had happened. She encouraged me to pray for that woman no matter what. So I sat there at our table and prayed for this woman from across the room. After praying for a while, I decided that I was going to go back. I was accompanied by Roneshia this time.

Vanessa was turned out to be really nice, and she was amazed at what we had to say. She told us that she was currently looking for a job, and that she has always wanted to be in sales. The timing was perfect. When Roneshia shared the word she had received for Vanessa – “Don’t settle”, Vanessa was overjoyed – she said she really had to hear that. We saw Vanessa at the parking lot just as we were leaving and she was waving, with a big smile on her face. Completely the opposite of her countenance when I first saw her inside. We met other amazing people that night and talked and prayed with some of them. Praise Jesus. 🙂

After that night, I read and started to meditate on John 14:12-14.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[a] anything in my name, I will do it.

I want you to know that before and even while all these things were happening, I was struggling within myself – why should I ask for a word for a stranger? That’s awkward. I don’t want to do that.
But I realize that a timely word that we would not have otherwise known was only going to give glory to Jesus. So I say, ask. Ask and He will do it, that the Father may be glorified through the Son.

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Miley Cyrus – The Climb

Somehow recently Miley Cyrus has crept into my prayer time. My heart is so broken for this girl, and I can’t imagine the hurt and heartache that she’s facing. I can’t sing this song without crying now.

There’s always gonna be an uphill battle
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

Don’t give up, Miley. Because God hasn’t given up on you.

p/s. Random fact. I used the lyrics of this song for some SAT practice essay. Haha!

The List – for singles

When I was younger, someone told me to make “The List”. The List was to comprise of things I wanted in my future husband. As an excited little Christian girl, I quickly got to work making a list. I remember putting 1) “Loves God” and 2) “Loves music”. And then I stopped, because I wasn’t quite sure what else I wanted to write.

Over the years, I added things to my list, most of which were things I found logical. (I wrote stuff like “faithful, loves children, etc”) But once something happened that made me reconsider the importance of that list. I met a man with a child. His life had been a wreck before, but he’d turned around and found Jesus. He had an amazing story, and I was so encouraged. One thing though, he still had his child from a previous relationship.

I thought to myself – could I, goody two shoes, fall in love with that man and his daughter? No, the question really was, would I allow myself to love such a man? Because I knew God loves him, and I should too right? (I didn’t actually end up falling for this guy, but stay with me)

I’ve been dating a great Christian guy for a little over a year now, but I still think back to that particular time because that was the point I started to question the importance of “The List.” God’s only condition is for the believer to be yoked with another believer. That’s it. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to know the qualities you love in a partner. But I remember being told “if a guy doesn’t match your criteria, cross him off your list.” That advice worked out well for me as a 12 year old – it kept me out of the dating scene for quite a while. But after a while, I realized that I was setting more requirements than God. That can’t be right.

May I propose asking another question?

Do you/can you love this person the most?

This is just a thought; something from personal experience. I have absolutely no evidence to back this up, but way back before my special someone and I got together, I had realized that he is the person I am most patient, loving and forgiving with, as a friend.

You know how there are some people you can’t tolerate as well as you can others?
I think there are people you can tolerate and love particularly well compared to others.

Again, these are my own thoughts, I realize that I can be completely wrong. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this. 🙂

My maximum love, patience and tolerance might not be a whole lot (I still get to see so much of my flaws as we live life together) but at least I know that I’m giving my best to the person I love.

Shrugs. Am I weird?

Kthxbye i’m sleepy goodnight!

Oh, snap!

God has yet used another situation in my life to allow me to understand His heart.

My situation

Me: I wish you would realize how much I love you. I don’t want to hurt you – I love you!

My loved ones: We love you too! We just don’t understand what you’re doing – and it’s scary!

 

More understanding of how He feels when we worry about Him doing something that will hurt us. He loves us! He’s for us, not against us. If only we would understand, right?

Star light star bright

In class last week: Dr Levander was telling us a little bit about the solar system. He said that since light has to travel at a particular speed, the star light that we see now from earth doesn’t actually tell us what’s currently happening at the star, it’s showing us what happened years and years and years ago.

Cool, huh?

A little bit of an understanding of how God can see past, present and future all at the same time. No? Sure got me excited. 😀

Learned from My Lovely Sam-Soon

Random thing I learned from watching My Lovely Sam-Soon: if your partner calls you on the phone and you can’t be honest in your reply about what you’re doing and with whom,

You might be doing something wrong.

Watch out. Sometimes problems in relationships arise not because of one party doing something wrong per se, but because of a refusal to share. Learning to be a better partner.