Well this is awkward.
But we are going to push through.
Thankfully, purity isn’t a huge problem for me, but I would being lying if said it wasn’t a problem at all. Of course I am human and there are some things that are tempting. Some things or actions or thoughts that are just so pretty or shiny or comfortable. Wouldn’t giving into them making me feel pretty or shiny or comfortable? Wouldn’t it feel good?
Actually, just the opposite. Giving in to temptations always leaves me feeling not good. Icky. And even worse, it weakens my relationship with God, because more than likely I was doing something He didn’t want me to do. He knew it. I knew it. He knew that I knew it and that leaves things, well, awkward.
There was a time in my life when I felt like I was being tempted a lot. And giving in a lot. So, I decided to go through a temptation type detox where I cut myself off from many sources of temptation. I completely stopped watching movies, TV shows, listening to secular music, or even reading certain books. I cannot tell you how much that helped me. I stopped hearing and seeing and reading our culture’s definition of love and life and slowly understood God's. Not only did I lose that “icky” feeling, I also found a new self worth.
Here is an example of a prayer I wrote on purity:
(P): God, thank you so much for loving me just the way I am. Thank you for making me, well, me.
(R): Forgive me for not staying completely pure, for letting Satan take up residence in parts of my life and separating me from you.
(A): God, please show me these areas. I know some of them aren’t so obvious. Help me to walk in the spirt and not the flesh. Keep me pure so I can be closer to you.
(Y): My faith and heart may fail, but God you are the strength of my heart, my portion forever.*
*Paraphrase of Psalms 73:26