As parents, we all have desires for our kids. Though those desires may vary, one desire that I’m sure ALL of us have is that of keeping our kids pure in mind and body.
I Timothy 5:22 “Keep thyself pure.” This is a clear Bible command. It is a standard that God holds his followers to in His Word.
We all desire to raise kids who are pure. However, the society and culture we live in today makes it very hard, and is pushing everything BUT purity at our children. Therefore, keeping our kids pure is a battle to fight purposefully, and not approach casually.
If there were a killer disease going around, which was highly contagious, we would do all we could to protect our children and family. We would protect them from places or things that might contaminate them with the germs of the disease. Keeping their immune system strong would be high on our priority list. We would take all the precautions we could to protect them.
We need to do the same thing spiritually. Realize that Satan is the killer, and little germs of sin weaken our conscience (immunity). Things that may seem small or unimportant will grow and fester, and Satan leads into impurity thru those seemingly “small” things like TV, music, wrong friends, impure habits, and impure thoughts.
As parents, we need to start EARLY protecting and preparing our children.
The most important thing to start with is WHY purity is important. Our kids and young people will be much more open to us in this area if we can explain the reason and importance of keeping pure.
Here are 3 points to share and discuss with our kids on WHY it’s important to keep themselves pure.
1. To receive God’s blessing vs. consequences of sin.
“A holy God made the universe in such a way that actions true to His character, and the laws derived from His character, are always rewarded. Actions that violate His character, however, are always punished. He rewards every act of justice; He punishes every act of injustice. We get to choose our own path, but with each path comes inevitable consequences.” –The Purity Principle
2. Our body belongs to Him.
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God with your body.” I Cor. 6:19,20
When we become a Christian, we have been bought and paid for with the blood of Jesus. He has every right to tell us what to do with our mind and body. They belong to Him.
3. God sees everything.
“There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Luke 12:2
Often we are deceived by the devil’s lie that tells us, “It’s ok. No one is here to see. No one will ever know.”
We need to remind our kids of the truth of God’s Word – He sees everything.
Not only should we teach our children WHY purity is important and what God says about it, but we should also teach them these 4 Things About Purity.