Okay, so today I want to talk about a popular misconception about forgiveness and purity. So far on the blog we've talked a lot about purity standards. Jen posted Taylor's story the other day, where she talked about, among other things, waiting till her wedding day for her first kiss. Now I know people who could say, well that sounds great, but I've already messed up. What about me? I've already gone farther than I want to go, so I guess I can't go back. Well, you would be wrong there. And that's what I want to talk about today.
1 John 1:9 (NIV) "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
If you recognize that you have made a mistake and deviated from the path God has for you, all you have to do is confess that mistake, and it's forgiven. God says he can purify you of ALL unrighteousness, no matter what it is. BTW, this doesn't just apply to purity, but every area of your life. You can be forgiven! It's not too late!
Let's look at this scenario. Timmy loves to play football. He's the quarterback of his high school football team, and they're about to play the biggest rival game of the season. With 30 seconds left in the game, it's a tie, but Timmy throws an interception which the other team runs back for a touchdown. Timmy's team loses the game. Now Timmy made a mistake, and he has to live with the consequences. But since Timmy made a mistake, does that mean all he can do now is throw interceptions? Of course not! If anything, Timmy is going to do everything in his power to not make that mistake again. Do you see what I'm getting at? The same concept applies to purity. Just because you make a mistake doesn't mean that you have to stay on that path. You can turn back, you can keep your relationships pure from now on. Now you can't change the past, but the past can be forgiven, and you can keep your eyes on Christ in the future!