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Purity from the Inside Out

Experience the freedom of sexual purity as it was originally intended!

By Gillian Bethel

In an era obsessed with sexuality, what is the point of purity? Why not just go with the flow? Why swim upstream?

It’s because purity is worth it. Purity means we are in control of ourselves instead of being driven by our feelings. It implies we can choose a higher moral response instead of being defeated by circumstances. Purity is freedom! Sexual purity, in particular, can enhance our lives in two main ways.

First, if we begin thinking impure thoughts about someone, responding to them inappropriately, or seeking them out against our better judgment, we can win against our feelings and do what’s right.

By exercising self-control, we can prevent damage to emotions and relationships—others’ and our own.

Exercising moral self-control may sound boring to some people; but it’s actually satisfying and freeing to have a clear conscience because we chose pure thoughts and actions when

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About the author

Gillian Bethel, PhD, worked in stress management for many years. She is passionate about making Christianity practical for daily challenges.