Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
Rather than moving on to a new question in the Bible, we are going to hang around this one for a while. There were some really great comments on this one that I think bear some exploring into.
We covered previously that The Bible itself instructs young people, and us old people, how to stay on the path of purity. That way is by living according to God’s Word. Specifically we discussed simply getting into, spending time with, and studying that Word. Now, let’s talk about some practical application.
Our opening comment was from Julie, over at Light and Life.
“Good list. Hanging with like-minded friends helps, too.”
Good counsel! We can pray, study, and meditate all day on God’s Word and it all can be undone in an instant if we have the wrong associations in our personal life.
What are some of God’s thoughts about who we associate with?
Proverbs 1:10-19 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Proverbs 4:14-19 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Wait! I can hear it now. “How can I tell the world about Jesus if I don’t get out into the world, even among the lost? Didn’t Jesus hang out with sinners?” Well, we can’t; yes, He did.
But let’s break it down some to a level we can understand. It may or may not be about turning one’s back on friends and even family. I say may or may not, as every situation is different. The truth is, a saved person attempting to live a life of purity is likely to lose friends and possibly alienate family. Here are some quick practical thoughts; obviously, this is not all inclusive, but just what entered my mind for illustrative purposes.
Does your job require you to compromise what you know to be moral/ethical behavior? Industry is rife with poor morals. Maybe it’s time to get a new job.
Is sexual sin your problem? Maybe you and your “wing man” need to find something else to do together besides cruise pick up joints; or, maybe you need a new friend.
Is alcohol your problem? Then, why are you in that bar?
Is pornography your problem? Put a filter on your computer.
If we want to remain pure in our lives, we not only have to put God’s Word in our hearts constantly, but:
Hanging with like-minded friends helps, too.