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. But in a society full of images, temptations, and pressure to have sex before marriage, it can be hard for Christian parents to know how best to protect their kids. Today let’s talk about the importance of keeping your kids pure and safe in an unsafe world.
Keeping Our Kids Pure
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.
We know we want to do all we can to protect our children and family. We try to guard them from places or things that might cause influence. Helping to create boundaries around people who are unkind and ungodly is a necessity.
As best as we are able we also protect their health. We keep them from sickness by keeping their immune system strong. Healthy eating and exercise help us protect both their physical health and their mental health. Also, we establish rules about screen time or TV or Movie watching. We know these things can have an influence over what we believe and how we behave.
We need to do the same thing spiritually. Realize that satan is out to steal, kill and destroy and sin weakens our conscience to his attempts. Things that may seem small or unimportant will grow and fester if left unattended, 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 for purity
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.
There’s no doubt that the battle for our children’s purity will be a difficult one. But, if we intentionally battle in prayer, arm them with the truth of God’s Word and teach them to fight back against Satan when he tempts them, they can win this war! It’s time to begin fighting for your kids’ purity today. 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. Let’s boldly encourage them as they work towards living out their faith day in and day out.