Why should we live a lifestyle of purity? The simple answer is that we strive for purity because it gives God glory. That is the bottom line. God’s Glory is at the core of everything He does, and it should be at the core of everything we do. Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” God created all things, and He created them for His pleasure. His pleasure, the Bible tells us, is in receiving glory, which is defined as adoring praise and worshipful thanksgiving.
So if we consider the fact that God does everything He does so that His name will be exalted, honored, and glorified, then we must understand that He had holy intentions in setting forth the institution of the family. And to make a long story short, the specific purpose of marriage was that it would mirror the great love of Christ for the church. In Ephesians, Paul teaches husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church.
The passionate intimacy that husbands and wives share is a picture, anGod also intended for marriage to produce children who would, in turn, honor and glorify God in their lives. The second chapter of Malachi explains that God put two together in order that they might have godly offspring. Marriage also serves as a way of demonstrating that we can be satisfied with what God gives us. We work at our marriages and we strive to stay in them even when it’s tough, exalting God by trusting His will for our lives and His choice of our life’s partner. One writer said, “This exalts God by demonstrating His value and His ability to supply all our needs, while giving us deep, intense, and lasting joy in all circumstances.”
example, of the relationship between Christ and His bride, the church. God is
glorified by this.
But everyone knows that we are living in a society in which brokenness abounds. We are literally smothered by our culture’s perversion. Because we have given man glory rather than giving God glory, the culture is saturated with evil. It’s my prayer that the information we have journeyed through together this week will help direct you to some real answers for bringing purity back to the forefront of our parenting. So let's review:
- Teach them early.
- Study the your child's culture--both personal and global.
- Pray: for your child, for his/her spouse, and for opportunities to point your child to Christ.