Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.Matthew 5:8
- Matthew 5:28 shares with us the standard of Jesus Christ himself: “But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
- Mark 7:21-23 warns us: “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within, and they defile.”
- 1 Corinthians 3:16-17: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.”
Jesus is the model of chastity. Chastity involves apprenticeship in self-mastery. It’s gradual. Make the decision to live a chaste life and earnestly seek God’s help. For it is from Him that you will find your strength. It is His grace alone that will sustain you. Take little steps each day to rid yourself of disordered or sinful passions. Start a journal and document your progress and you’ll be amazed if you truly desire chastity! Have an accountability partner or spiritual coach.
Today, I will see chastity as the path to Christian perfection. With God’s grace, I pray to be chaste.