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As men of the Purity Platoon, we dedicate ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ whose Spirit is a Holy Spirit and whose job it is to produce holiness in His Bride.

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.


+ 2 Corinthians 7:1

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Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.

+ Revelation 2:7

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What a struggle we have, to keep the reality of our aloneness at bay! We use background music, cell phones and ear-pieces like umbilical cords to distract us from the dread sense of isolation. The city is full of people talking into phones to keep some sense of communion. Most of our talk does not really breach our loneliness. Remember Pascal’s comment, “The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.”

When Jesus had been with the crowds all day, talking to them, laying hands on the sick, he felt the urgent need to be alone and pray. On the hillside the Holy Spirit linked him to his Father. The same spirit dwells in us, as St Paul describes (Romans 8:26) “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”

+ Reflection from Sacred Space

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One of the themes of discussion in our Purity Platoon has been to look for the underlying causes of fantasy and acting out.  While the first step to sexual purity is avoiding these behaviors, long-term change in this area requires that we examine the underlying causes of seeking fantasy.  Two of the causes of fantasizing are to escape our wounds and to help nurture unmet needs.  Until we recognize these wounds and/or unmet needs, we will not be able to trust Jesus fully for the healing and nurturing needed to live a life of purity.  And so we have been instructed to pray to Jesus to help us identify wounds – especially childhood wounds – and unmet needs in our life.

Lord Jesus:

You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  True serenity and purity comes from knowing you, accepting you as our Savior, and surrendering to you as Lord.  Please help me to identify the wounds in my life which need to be healed.  Help me also to identify unmet needs in my life which I am trying to meet through fantasy, pornography, and sexual sin.  Open my eyes to the true nature of these wounds and unmet needs and send your Holy Spirit to help me surrender these wounds and need to you and you alone.

Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Amen.

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For thousands of years God’s men have been asking the same question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” (Psalm 119:9a). The answer the Bible gives is a searching one: “By guarding it according to Your word” (v.9b). When the pattern of our thoughts, motives, actions, and words conform to a path marked out for us by divine revelation, then we will walk the path of purity.

But how does this really happen in the day-to-day? How do we overcome unholy lusts? When our bodies and habits of thinking seem to pull away from God’s will every moment, how do we fight such urges?

The Bible’s answer: Fight Lust with Lust.

Luke Gilkerson has an excellent article today on the positive use of spiritual lust to combat the fleshly lust in our hearts. Read the rest of his article at the Breaking Free Blog.

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Christ’s body, above all, justifies the expression “the Gospel of the body.” Christ’s body conceived of a virgin, born in a stable in Bethlehem, circumcised on the eighth day, raised by Mary and Joseph, baptized in the Jordan river, transfigured on the mountain, “given up for us” in his passion and death, risen in glory, ascended to the Father and participating eternally in the life of the Trinity – the story of this body and the spiritual mystery it points to is the Gospel. And everybody that comes into the world is destined to share in this Gospel by becoming “one body,” one spirit with Christ.

+ Christopher West, Theology of the Body Explained

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‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

+ Matthew 5:27-28

Are we to fear the severity of [Christ’s] words, or rather have confidence in their salvific content, in their power?

+ Pope John Paul II

Jesus challenges his listeners with radical and powerful ideas in his “Sermon on the Mount” (Chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew). But for men none of his words hit harder than the charge thateveryone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:28).

For most men these are words of condemnation — hopeless condemnation. We have all looked at women with lust. Is there any hope for us?

But John Paul II has a different view of the purpose of Jesus’ words. For John Paul, these words could not have been uttered by Jesus unless they implicitly carried the promise of grace represented by Jesus himself. Yes, we have lusted with our eyes, but this is not the end. Jesus Christ has come to us and emptied himself in order to redeem us. And while in our broken nature resisting lust may be impossible, Jesus has sent us the Holy Spirit and now calls us to a higher ideal that can be met with the assistance of Christ and the Spirit.

“Everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery in his heart.”

Without Christ, these words stand as condemnation. But fear not, Christ has come, and now these words are a promise — a promise that we can aspire to a life without lust.

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