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Maintaining moral purity


Maintaining moral purity is one of the attributes of a Godly man. But, this isn’t easy for most of us. You see, most every man, married or single, is sexually tempted; none of us can avoid it completely. As men, we are hammered daily with sensuous messages from magazine covers, movie ads, television commercials, and television shows. Add to this the explicit pornography that is just a click away, it is not difficult to understand why many men are tempted every day of their lives.

Here’s the thing, temptation is not a sin, but it can quickly lead to sin as you intentionally enjoy and pursue an illegitimate sexual relationship (lust) with a woman in your mind. This kind of fantasy is off limits for a man, because in God’s sight, by lusting after a woman, you have already committed an immoral act (Matthew 5:27-28).

So, if you’re a man who struggles with maintaining moral purity, there are practical steps you can take to help you be a maintain a high level of moral purity. They are:

1. Avoid sexually stimulating situations – do not allow yourself to get into a tempting situation by deliberately exposing yourself to temptation.
2. Think right – fortify yourself through regular reading and study of the Bible and prayer.
3. Be accountable – find an accountability partner. Somebody that you can be open and honest with.

The Challenge:
What are some specific things you can do this week to maintain moral purity?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Above Reproach


As we grow and mature in our relationship with Christ, one of the marks that will be noticeable within us is that we will be “above reproach” (1 Timothy 3:2). Fortunately for us, this does not mean perfection. Rather it means that we will have a good reputation.

Timothy (not the Timothy sending this message to you ) serves as a good example of a Christian man with a good reputation. Look at these words that were written about Timothy, “The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him” (Acts 16:2). In other words, Timothy was “above reproach”. People spoke positively about him, not just in his home town, but also away from home. His good reputation was known not just at home, but also away from home. What about you? How is your reputation at home and away from it? How would those closest to you speak about you?

You see, building a good reputation takes time. For many of us, it will mean taking an inventory of our life and addressing and repenting from those traits that are not consistent with how men of God are to live. But, no matter what your life is like or has been like, whatever your background, building a good reputation should be your goal. I am confident of this, as you are growing and maturing in your Christian life, building a good reputation will begin to happen.

The Challenge:
• If you really want to know the kind of reputation you have, what people really think of you, ask those closest to you. Give them the freedom to answer your question openly and honestly.
• What one thing would you like to do this week to begin to enhance your reputation as a man of God?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)