The Law of Purity
Passage: Matthew 5:27–5:30
For most Christians, the battle with sexual sin is fought chiefly in the heart. They know enough not to physically engage in adultery, yet some still lose the battle in the mind. Their thought life is given to sensual fantasies, sexual imagery, or illicit online relationships. Those caught in this trap often fool themselves into believing that the lack of physical consummation somehow diminishes the danger of these sins. But Christ is clear that God demands purity in the inner man, and not merely in our external public actions. Given that our culture is steeped in sexual sin, how can Christians walk with integrity? Begin by taking seriously God’s command that we be pure, and remember that all sin begins with its contemplation in the mind. Choose to flee from temptation, be prepared to give up your freedoms in the fight with sin, and be willing to work hard at replacing ungodly thoughts with the God-honoring pursuit of Christ. We reap what we sow. Determine today to cultivate purity in the heart, and reap a life of righteousness and peace.