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Walking a Disciple’s Walk, Day 12- Walk by the Spirit: Our Chastity, Part 2, Reflections

(Forsaking Convenient Lies to Follow the Lord)

Day 12: Walk by the Spirit – Our Chastity
Part 2: Devotional Reflections
Ashley Waliczek

Reflection:
The first time I started reading through the prophetic book of Hosea, I was a sophomore in high school. I remember telling my mom that I’d never noticed that kind of a story was in the Bible. As I pondered how God could really ask Hosea to marry a prostitute who would leave him, the answer brought me to tears: “Oh, that’s the whole point, isn’t it?!”

I knew the stories of the early Old Testament as if they were a part of my family’s history (which, I suppose, in many ways they are). I knew about the golden calf and the tablets shattered at the base of Mount Sinai. I knew about ten foolish spies who caused the whole nation of Israel to stop trusting and wander in the desert for four decades. I knew about the poisonous serpents slithering into the Israelite camp and the bronze serpent lifted on a pole to bring God’s healing. I knew about the days of the judges and the time of Israel’s wicked kings and the exile in Babylon. God was always loving, rescuing, delivering, healing, and providing for His chosen people. But, at every turn, they turned away from following Him because they thought they knew better or could get what they needed from someone else. They forgot His goodness and wanted to find satisfaction in anyone else.

The marriage of Hosea and Gomer was intended to demonstrate the unfaithfulness of Israel to their faithful God. In a similar way, my encounter with the book of Hosea reminded me of how unfaithful my heart was to the Lord even when it looked like I was doing all the right things. It reminded me that God’s love toward me was based entirely on His own gracious faithfulness and that I brought nothing but my own sin into the equation.

What greater motivation could we have to remain pure than to show love to the One who loves us more purely than anyone ever could? Yet, often, when we discuss the importance of sexual purity with young people, we reduce it to a list of “don’ts.” Don’t go there. Don’t do that. Don’t wear that. Don’t look. Don’t touch. We get caught up in the actions we need to take and the actions we need to avoid to remain pure. Then, as we grow older and find we do not live up to these standards, we are wracked with shame that causes us to hide from God. While these “don’ts” are practical things that we do need to think through and decide on, it is vital that we treat chastity less as a behavior and more as a posture of the heart toward God.

When Jesus is asked which is the greatest commandment, He answers, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). Christ’s own summary of what God wants from His people is devoted love to God and to others. And, when every small decision we make flows out of sincere devotion to the Lord and to others’ ultimate benefit, we will be chaste people.

When God is rightfully placed on the throne of our hearts, we will have no space for our passions to rule us. As disciples, we will be faithful to obey our Lord’s commands regarding our sexual life. We will be faithful to our current or future spouses by rejecting lust, fornication, and adultery. We will be faithful to our friends by keeping them away from compromise or temptation in the way we behave, speak, or dress. We will willingly subject all of our desires to the will of God, knowing that He will one day rescue us from the presence of sin forever.
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“Chastity is the form of love that fulfills the seventh commandment. On one hand, chaste people restrain, deny, and mortify the impure passions of their soul and the lustful impulses of indwelling sin. On the other hand, as Christ gave Himself for His people, chaste people give themselves fully, freely, and undividedly to the other. In worship, that is to God; in marriage, that is to their spouse; in other relationships, that is to their brother or sister or neighbor, according to what is proper to each relationship. Hence, Paul instructs Timothy to treat ‘an older man . . . as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity’ (1 Tim. 5:1–2; Titus 2). Chastity gives to each person what he or she is due and does no one wrong.”
– Bruce Bagus, “What Is Chastity?” https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/virtues-vices-chastity

Hymn: “More Holiness Give Me
By P.P. Bliss

More holiness give me,
More strivings within,
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of his care,
More joy in his service,
More purpose in prayer.

More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord,
More pride in his glory,
More hope in his word,
More tears for his sorrows,
More pain at his grief,
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

More purity give me,
More strength to o’ercome,
More freedom from earth-stains,
More longing for home.
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be,
More blessed and holy—
More, Savior, like thee.

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