Persistence – moving forward despite obstacles
Philippians 3:14 – I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
If you have attempted to resist sexual temptations and walk in purity then you know how difficult it is to maintain such pure behaviors. It’s hard work! You get tired, angry, stressed, and sometimes just fed up with “doing the right thing.” But you also know that there is never any lasting satisfaction to acting in sexually impure ways.
Persistence is absolutely critical to developing a lifestyle of purity. Perspective gives us the long-term vision, but persistence is what carries it out in the trenches of life. You simply must commit to never giving up no matter how difficult the temptations become and no matter how many times you fall. Never give up!
There is one universal truth of every person living in consistent purity – they never quit. There is also another universal truth concerning individuals who continually fail in their sexual struggle – they eventually gave up. As long as you continue to get back up and press on toward purity you cannot be called a failure. You ARE a success if you resolve to always get up and move one step closer to God on your journey of purity.
Life is hard. Battling sexual temptations can be excruciatingly difficult. But if you decide in your heart that nothing will deter you from continuing to take one more step forward to purity then you will reap rewards not only in this life but also in the life to come. You will experience peace, joy, and true satisfaction that cannot be obtained through acting out sexually. You will finally possess what temptation always promises but never delivers.
Do you want freedom? Then persist!
I must never give up on my quest of purity, regardless of the obstacles and setbacks I might face. I must develop a mindset of persistence and continue moving forward to purity.
I must acknowledge that life is hard and temptations are difficult, but not allow that to deter me from the true satisfaction that can be mine through a lifestyle of purity.