"How shall a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With my whole heart I seek You; do not allow me to wander from Your commandments. Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You" (Ps. 119-9-11).
I’m not bringing here statistics but the reality is that today not only our current youth, but also the former youth (now married and adults) have a struggle with having a pure life. Pure thoughts and pure actions.
When I was younger erotic materials were very scarce; possessing a photo of something revealing was a “treasure” for many. But today every young person with a cell phone have a gateway of accessing tons of erotic, explicit and pornographic materials in their fingertips. Famous movies, usually have a combination of two elements violence and sex.
So we know this type of elephant in our room. The number of Christians hooked in pornography is staggering. Nothing is slowing down: either is left unspoken or is accepted as a reality.
In this situation, does the word of God give us insight? The psalmist is here is asking the same old question: ”
How shall a young man keep his way pure?
The answer continues in the Psalm. Having the word of God in the heart. The word in the heart will keep us away from the heart enticement towards the prohibited area.The word of God will produce in us a holiness in such a way that when anything that smells comes near will be detected and asks as to leave that area.
In the famous psalm 51, King David asks from God to give him a pure heart. That’s how it starts. But the Psalm 119 gives us the better picture of oour responsibility. We can’t pray to God “give me a clean heart” and on the other side do not cooperate with Him in having a new heart.
The lack of the word of God in our individual lives and in faith communities produces a vacuum that is filled easy with invasive worldly plants. We need to take care our our spiritual garden. It’s easy to spot in a well maintained garden any undesirable plants and it is easier to uproot them early, before they create a huge tree with shadow.
Let’s commit again ourselves to the study and meditating of the Word of God. The word will clean our unclean thoughts, will expose them in the light of the Scriptures and with the power of the Holy Spirit will uproot any evil seed that not only have brought attachments in us, but also have made us hooked. The word of God has power and brings the freedom Christ has intended for us to live in.
Let’s do it!