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Is it almost impossible to live a pure life? by Maria Bautista-Smith, RN, MSN That is one virtue that is impossible to live by if we are without Christ. As I ponder upon this virtue chastity or purity, I wanted to look at how we define being chased or pure. This would most likely refer to a state of having no sexual relationship before marriage, if you're single. If you're married, being chaste or pure would be faithful to the marriage vows. However, there is also the state of having a pure heart. I wanted to look at what God's view of purity or chastity, so where else do we start but in the Holy Scripture, the book of Genesis. We know the story. God created man in His image and likeness. What are the likes of God, we might ask? God is Holy, so because He created us in His Likeness, He called us to be Holy, to live in purity, in perfect relationship with Him, to worship no other Gods but Him alone that is pure and un-adulterated relationship. However sin came in the Garden of Eden. Sin created that stain in our relationship with the Holy God. Because He is Holy, He cannot look upon sin. Sin separated us from our Holy God. So even in the beginning chapters of the book of Genesis, God fixed this problem of separation. The story unfolds that he sacrificed an animal to cover Adam and Eve of their nakedness, the shame of sin. I encourage you to read it in the first three chapters of Genesis. The apostle Paul said that all fall short, all have sinned. The stain of sin caused that impurity. Sin makes us hide, when we harbor sin in our heart, we are unable to see God. In Matthew 5, Jesus spoke to a multitude of people about how to live a life that is blessed. In verse 8, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” I go back to my first statement, it is almost impossible to live a pure life. That I refer to the state of one's heart, yours and mine. But as Chaste - Greek 53 ἁγνός (hag-nos') from the same as; properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect, pure

God sacrificed an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve, so did He sacrificed his own son, Jesus. Christ shed his blood. His death on the cross is the reality of what God did in the Garden of Eden. If we put our trust in what Jesus did on the cross as an eternal atonement for our individual sin, we are saved. God can look at us once again because Jesus washes all of us and we become pure again. As we are Maria BautistaSmith, secretary reflected on Chastity during the Sto. Nino Novena on Jan. 11, 2012.

sealed by the Holy Spirit and we seek Him constantly, He leads us and guides us. He also teaches us and chastise or purifies us. Then it is not as impossible as we would think, to live a life that is pure or chaste. Let us pray. Heavenly Father you called us to a life that is Holy because You are Holy. Every moment of our lives, we are constantly bombarded with temptations to veer off from that calling and path. Let your rod and your staff chastise us and sanctify us so we may return to you. Grant us the heart to seek you first, strengthen us to say no to anything that will mar or cause us to sin against you. If we do, we confess our sins and we trust in your promise of your in 1 John 1:9 that you are faithful and you will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Make our hearts pure so we may behold the Glory of God. Show us how to live a life that is pure in your eyes. I lift everyone here who may not have accepted your son, Jesus to be their Lord and Savior and allow the spirit to walk them in purity. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

2011 – Fall/Winter  

2011 – Fall/Winter

2011 – Fall/Winter  

2011 – Fall/Winter

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