Today’s verses speak again of our walk, specifically of how we are called to walk in purity and to keep our lives unpolluted from things of this world! This can be relevant to a number of things regarding this world – things like greed, deception, etc. – but I believe it is especially true regarding standards of morality. The Bible is not old-fashioned in its approach to sex and the moral standards of our lives; rather it teaches the healthiest and safest ways to live both for us and for others. Walking pure and keeping ourselves unspotted is a decision we need to make every day, and will if we truly desire to walk worthy of His call.
There are certain things that we can do to protect ourselves in this modern, media-driven age we now live in, an age that seems obsessed with bringing pornographic images into our lives and our homes. One of these things is being conscious of protecting the ‘gates to your life’, specifically your eyes and ears, because these gates allow access into the heart of who you are.
Another very practical thing that runs alongside protecting the ‘gates’ of your eyes is to manage and monitor the portholes or windows that the world has into your life and home – specifically, what you are allowing to come through them. I am obviously talking all things technical: televisions, smartphones, and any other gadget that connects you to the rest of the world via the internet! I do believe that God wants to use these modern things to bless you, but I also believe that the devil wants to use them to destroy and pollute you – and the crazy thing is the choice of which one happens belongs with us. It’s us who turn them on and off, and who set up filters and accountability settings on them to protect our hearts and families from things that can cause harm.
But the main thing we need to do though is value and celebrate purity in our lives, because then we will always be active in protecting it. Don’t ever forget that we have not been left on our own in this – the Holy Spirit is in us to give us the wisdom, courage and ability we need to walk in a purity that pleases God.