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Purity in Your Family

September 17, 2015

This is a guest post written by Jeremy Hall, Student Pastor at Bannockburn Baptist Church.

Purity in My Family

As a parent, the issue of purity is always present in my mind because it is my heart’s desire to see my children live a life of purity. I have seen the consequences of impurity in our society and I cannot bear the thought of the ones I love experiencing these consequences. I trust that every parent has the same passion for their children; but there is a problem if this is my ultimate goal for my kids. When I worry about what my kids are doing and what can happen if they involve themselves in a particular activity or mindset, I run the risk of trying to manage their sin. But, when I focus on who my children are becoming, my focus shifts to encourage their character, devotion and heart. This shift sounds minor, but if we focus on our kids’ actions over their growth in knowledge of and passion for Jesus Christ, we have begun to train modern day Pharisees (the same group that Jesus called a “brood of vipers” amongst other things.)

My child’s level of purity can be an indicator of his or her heart and should be utilized as a tool in their lives to help them direct their affections. In fact, 1 John 2:4-6 states, “Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” However, I must be careful to not use their actions as the only indicator that they are living a holy life; they may simply be obedient children whose heart is far from God.

In my life, my family, and within our ministry we have defined purity as “God’s best for His children.”  My desire is for my children to choose a life of purity because they believe that God knows what He is talking about. His commands are meant to be kept because they represent the best for their lives. Once my children come to this point of choosing purity, my goal and job as a parent is to prepare them for the temptations that will come by helping them guard their hearts (Proverbs 4:23).

Children are such a blessing from God.  I am so thankful that God has entrusted me to raise these precious gifts and I pray that I will show myself faithful in leading them to a life that glorifies Him.


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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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