Purity and Grace. These are beautiful characteristics in the Christian walk, but they are also a beautiful combination.
The picture above has a beautiful story. Here is a quick excerpt:
" The Story Behind the Photo
Moments before I was to walk down the aisle my soon to be mother in law came in the dressing room where my bridesmaids and I were all gushing with giggles and fluttering about finishing last minute details.
“Sweetheart, your groom has called for you!”.
In a nervous tizzy I said, “What?! I’m not ready! I have to get my shoes and…” She had already taken my hand and led me to a corner, where my groom was waiting. I barely sat down; I was filled with so much anticipation! So much excitement! So many nerves!
“Is he going to like my dress? Does my hair look pretty? Can he see me?!”
Right around the corner sat my soon to be husband, I so was nervous he might see me yet secretly hoping to catch a glimpse of him. In my excited state I was the first to speak,
“Hi sweetie! We’re getting married today!”
“I know baby and I want to pray with you before we do.”
Don't stop with an 'aaww' right there, please read the rest of the short story!
In our culture today, purity isn't the standard, but purity never goes out of style. My heart is stirred to pray for our young people today (especially my sons and future daughter in laws) for a passion for purity like this. A high standard is often hard to attain (if it was easy, everyone would do it!), but God truly rewards the effort.
But I'm also so thankful for grace...If purity fails us, God's grace reaches to that repentant heart and gives us renewed strength to continue on in His way.
Strive for purity. Glory in His grace.
"Purity isn’t a ring around your finger, it’s a seal upon your being that reads, “I am marked for redemption”. It isn’t a promise we make, but a promise fulfilled through Christ."