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As a chocolate lover, I would say that adding chocolate to most anything enhances it. This being said, I began to wonder how chocolate could relate to purity. Seeing as how they are both passions of mine, I had to connect the two. So here goes...According to Websters, Pure means, "Containing nothing that does not properly belong."
It would be my opinion that chocolate properly belongs on most things: pretzels, peanut butter, bananas, cakes, and even in my coffee. Yet, I have to admit there are some things it just does not belong with, like clothes, plants, furniture. That would simply not make sense.
There are many things in life that are very much like chocolate. Clothes, music, movies, even friends. Example: I love music, but there are some kinds of music that just don't belong properly in my life. Ephesians 5:12 says that, "It is shameful even to talk about the things ungodly people do in secret." (NLT) A lot of songs not only talk about these things, they glorify them. That sort of music does not properly belong in my life. While it may permissible, it is just not beneficial. (1 Cor. 10:23) Clothes are another passion of mine, but if a skirt is too short, or too tight, it is not going to properly belong on my body.
While there are a lot of examples of the chocolate things of this world, I simply write this illustration to remind you that just because something looks good, feels good, or even sounds good, does not mean it is a proper fit to your life. Remaining pure is more than a sexual thing, it is an overall lifestyle beginning in your heart. Consider the things you are allowing into your life and ask yourself if they properly belong. Are they enhancing you as a woman of worth or are they weakening you? What about those around you, are your actions helping or hurting them?
Living a life of purity is not always easy. Ask God to search your heart and to point out anything that offends Him. Ask God to help you weed out the things that do not properly belong in your life, and the things that are not beneficial.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
May God be with you and give you strength as you walk in His ways.