Your Go-To Guide in the Fight for Purity

I recently received an email from a girl asking me to send her Bible verses on the topic of purity. She said she vaguely knew that the Bible promoted purity and holiness, but she wasn't exactly sure where to find the passages.

Impurity and immorality are very real threats that we need to be equipped to fight against.

After I emailed her back with a list of verses, I wondered if there were more girls out there like her—girls who know that the Bible "promotes purity" but aren't exactly sure where to find the passages in the Bible. If you are one of those girls who wants to fight for purity, keep reading. This blog post is written for you!

Ammo for the Fight

At times staying pure in our culture can seem nearly impossible. Doing basic things like getting on Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook can feel like entering the danger zone. Because advertisers all seem to agree that "sex sells." Even just walking through the grocery store checkout line can feel slightly scarring at times. Impurity and immorality are very real threats that we need to be equipped to fight against. That's why I want to share that list of verses I emailed to my friend with you. I want your spiritual guns to be loaded with ammo that I know will work. The next time you are tempted to compromise in the area of purity, I want you to pull out these verses. They will be your spiritual ammo in your fight for purity.

Six Verses You Need to Know

  1. "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Ps. 51:10).
  2. "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word" (Ps. 119:9).
  3. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Phil. 4:8).
  4. "For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God" (1 Thess. 4:3–5).
  5. "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desire" (Rom. 13:14).
  6. "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Pet. 1:14–16).

What Next?

Here are two action steps to give you practice in firing this spiritual ammo.

1. Pick one and memorize it.

I want to encourage you to pick one of these verses and memorize it. My go-to verse is first one, Psalm 51:10. That verse is ingrained in my mind and ready to fire anytime I'm facing something that is impure.If I'm being tempted with an impure thought, I'll quickly recite that verse and pray that God will make it true for me. I'm always amazed that quoting Scripture in the midst of a temptation really does help. I dare you to try it the next time you are facing a temptation in the area of purity.

2. Write one down and tape it to your mirror.

I also decided to write down two of those verses and tape them to my bathroom mirror. It's the first thing I see in the morning when I brush my teeth and the last before I go to bed. Having that visual reminder is extremely helpful for me, and I know it would be for you as well.Will you join me?

Who would like to join me by:

  1. Memorizing one of the verses.
  2. Writing one down and sticking it on your mirror, wall, journal, or somewhere that you will clearly see it.

About the Author

Bethany Beal

Bethany Beal is the co-founder of GirlDefined Ministries and co-author of several books, including Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity. She is passionate about spreading the truth of biblical womanhood through writing, speaking, and mentoring women, and you can catch her unpacking exciting and controversial topics every week on her podcast, The Girl Defined Show. Bethany is married to her best friend and husband, David, and they have one son, Davey Jr.