I was recently asked to share: “What does purity mean to you?”

Purity begins with my Creator, who made me in His image and likeness. Thus, my body, mind, and soul are sacred. I am worthy of authentic love because when His hands formed me, He declared my inherent value by calling me His own.

My heart is worth fighting for.

I am called to give and receive selfless, edifying Christ-centered love – a love that is life-giving. First and foremost, I am in a relationship with Jesus Christ, my first and truest Love, and everyday what I say and do should be a reflection of this – ultimately strengthening our union.

Purity is the totality of my being. It is choosing to live in the freedom and joy of Christ’s all-fulfilling, satisfying love. Choosing not to settle for the lies of the world that seek to confuse, destroy, and abandon me.

I’ve tasted both. I’ve bought into the lies. I’ve had moments when real love felt lost and inconceivable. Christ redeemed my heart. He whispered, “I want more for you,” and he gave me beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61).

Pursuing the virtue of purity is an ongoing commitment. {translation: it’s hard work} A fierce commitment to prayer for strength and virtue no matter what our relationship status is. It requires lifelong endurance, forgiveness, and mercy. The moment we think we’ve figured it out, Satan sneaks in. In essence, purity means living each day in the truth and joy that I am the bride of Christ – wanted, pursued, and loved by the One who gave His life for me. His love reveals my worth. Each day I try imperfectly yet persistently to seek to know His authentic love and let it be known through every part of me.

“I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.” Hosea 2: 19

IMG_4186.JPGPhoto credit: Elissa Voss

One comment

  1. Janean · April 13, 2016

    Beautiful reflection, Kendra! You’re so right! No matter the life stage, purity of heart is definitely an ongoing battle.


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