Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pure White Rosebud - Emotionally


"Thou must purpose to be a white and pure rose - a bud that is still closed and one that will not give away the key to her heart until the time be right." - The King to his daughter 
[excerpt from Before You Meet Prince Charming]


  KEY VERSES:
   1 Timothy 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 

  2 Timothy 2:22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 

   1 Timothy 5:1 & 2  Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. 
[emphasis mine]

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white rosebud

Emotional purity - the continuous act of keeping one's thoughts and intentions pure; as well as keeping one's mind from impure muses.

   Ah, at last we come to the very core of purity! All the information on this subject I have received has had great impact on me, and I am excited to be able to talk about it! I think the best way to be able to give more information on emotional purity will be to divide the bases of it into 4 parts and explain each one individually.   So, here we go:

Troublesome Thoughts:
   Keeping our thoughts pure is indeed a great task, but a most necessary one if we are to remain pure. Though I cannot speak for guys, I know that when girls think they "like" a guy, their thoughts tend to divert,  at rather odd times, from whatever task they have at hand, to that particular guy. "Does he like me? Oh, I wish he would talk to me more" etc. etc......I'm sure many girls would agree that this is annoying......Though the thought may not be wrong, they are most definitely distracting. No, it is not wrong that these thoughts arise, but what you choose to DO with those thoughts could be....
   In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we read, For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God's power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.
   When guy/girl thoughts arise, we must make every effort to take them captive! Random thoughts are not in control of us! Prayer is a powerful tool to get your thoughts away from the particular person you cannot seem to stop thinking about ;-)
   It may be easy to justify and say, "But my thoughts in this area are not bad!" Well, they may not be - but - what is the point of harboring thoughts that will just distract you? Sure, Harry might be the only person in the world you could possibly think of marrying, he's just so perfect for you - but, it's not up to you to "make something happen". If it's God will - He will bring about what He wants. So you can rest your mind from needless thoughts ;-)

Remember, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

Impure Intentions:
   Proverbs 20:5 tells us, The heart's real intentions are like deep water; but a person with discernment draws them out.
   Now, deep water has the potential to be a bad thing, right? Couldn't someone drown in deep water? A mild warning to us, don't you agree?
    Girls, we can defraud guys in numerous ways - and if that is your intention - I would seriously rethink how pure you truly are. Attention seeking, pleasure hunting, and fun (sin is fun for a season) riding, are not good intentions. Our intentions should be that we treat guys as we want to be treated, to be sisters in all purity to them, to be genuine friends with them, to seek their best interest - nothing less.

Think on this: Any intentions, whether good or evil, are deep water - choose your's carefully.

Miserable Mind: 
   When our minds wander, it can be a rather tough job to get them back. Although our minds wander onto different "thoughts" - wandering minds need their own section.  Most times, a wandering mind is a result of YOU allowing some random thought(s) to come in and settle down for a nice long internal chat with you, and then after they leave YOU (not some some random thought coming in now) purposely start coming up with YOUR OWN thoughts to dwell on that are along the lines of the initial thought. Whew! Long definition there!
   Our minds are powerful, they can help or hurt us. Allowing our minds to wander to, "I wonder if so-and-so would like a simple wedding or a more elegant one? Does my name sound good before so-and-so's last name?" etc. etc..... is NOT a good idea. It can lead to die-hard discontentment, and is in no way, shape, or form helpful to us! Actually, most times, you are setting yourself up for heartbreak if you continually allow your mind to go very far into thoughts like these!

   Remember, we [must] take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.

Cornerstone Convictions:
   Our convictions must be as solid as cornerstones if we are to remain pure! If you do not have convictions, you will find it as hard to be emotionally pure as to be physically pure. If your convictions are solid, and you hold firm to them - you will be much safer.
   Convictions are formed from the very base of your beliefs - on everything! So choose your beliefs and convictions very carefully!

Think on this: You will only be as pure as you want to be. So if you strive to be as pure as you can, you will do well.

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   In closing, the other day I was reading my Bible, came across the verse below, and knew I just had to include it in my emotional purity post. Read it and perhaps you will see why...

Song of Solomon 4:12 - My sister, my bride, is a garden locked up, a pool covered over, a spring sealed shut.
[emphasis mine]
   This is an great purity verse, my dear readers! One that applies to both physical & emotional purity. 
~ Physically, we must keep ourselves undefiled, chaste, and saved for one - not many.
~ Emotionally, we must keep our thoughts pure, our intentions right, our minds focused (not wandering), and our convictions strong.
   I pray our gracious heavenly Father helps each one of you to be a garden locked up, pool covered over, and spring sealed shut until your wedding days!



Thank you for reading today, dear readers! I hope you have been blessed reading today!
I encourage you now to look to God's Word for what He has to say about purity. You might be surprised ;-)

If any of you have questions that my posts did not answer, feel free to leave a comment, or Contact Me
I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.



2 comments:

  1. Mandie,

    Thank you for your articles on purity. Though I have not had time to really read them in depth, I have skimmed through them and it sounds like you and I have a lot of the same thoughts and concerns. :) I agree with you: while the emphasis is so often placed on physical purity, it begins *in the heart*!!!! If our hearts are defiled, then we cannot help but act in a defiling manner. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." (KJV) Mark 7:21-23 Someone does not become a thief overnight - it begins with their heart/thoughts. Someone does not "lose their purity" overnight - it begins with their heart/thoughts.

    Thanks for sharing. Continue to encourage girls to keep their focus on the Lord!

    ~Amanda
    www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda, for your encouraging comment! It's nice that we share a lot of the same concerns!

      Again, thank you very much!

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