As I was doing some research for something else that I am about to pen for another platform, I "happened upon" (Proverbs 16:33-AMP) a quote that had me like, "Well, OK then!":
“Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor.”---David Hare
Purity is the feminine side of honor. Truth is the masculine side of honor. That is so unbelievable *hot*! And when you really make a concerted effort to ponder (Proverbs 4:26) over what this is *really saying*, doesn't it make Hebrews 13:4 illuminate all the more:
"Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge."---Hebrews 13:4(NKJV)
A lot of us are familiar with this verse in the Bible, although given the amount of people who partake in fornication and adultery, I'm not sure how many of us actually *honor it*. Yet, that may be in part because the Church doesn't really do a consistent job of teaching on the importance of honor and, in this case, being *honorable* nearly as much as it should:
Honorable: in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright; of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished; worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable
MARRIAGE IS UPRIGHT. MARRIAGE IS TO BE FULL OF DIGNITY AND DISTINCTION. MARRIAGE IS NOBLE AND WORTHY OF HONOR AND HIGH RESPECT. MARRIAGE IS ESTIMABLE. MARRIAGE IS CREDITABLE.
Pure: free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter; unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous; of unmixed descent or ancestry (look at that not in terms of "race" but in terms of being with a like and light-minded believer); free from foreign or inappropriate elements; clear; free from blemishes
THE MARRIAGE BED IS NOT TO BE INFERIOR. THE MARRIAGE BED IS TO BE SIMPLE (EASY TO DEAL WITH, UNDERSTAND AND USE). THE MARRIAGE BED IS TO BE FREE OF UNMIXED ANCESTRY (2 CORINTHIANS 6:11-18). THE MARRIAGE BED IS TO BE ALSO FREE FROM *INAPPROPRIATE ELEMENTS*. THE MARRIAGE BED IS TO BE CLEAR AND FREE FROM BLEMISHES.
Now, it's another message for another time that if you are currently being sexually impure with someone and you are serious about trying to have a future with them, you are already building on an *extremely shaky foundation*. That's because the Lord does not condone sexual misconduct (I Corinthians 6:16-20-Message) and so it's a good idea to keep ever-present within the mind that "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain." (Psalm 127:1-NKJV) If this is "you", are you and "him" doomed? Not necessarily, but you *definitely* need to go into some *serious* sexual detox (that would be *total abstinence*), do some *really focused* repenting (Matthew 3) and probably get into some relationship counseling to see if *the both of you* are "in love" or simply "high on the Big O" (or the consequences that come from it).
However, for everyone else, I hope this is a reminder, once again, of just how important it is to remain a virgin and/or abstinent until you are married. Shoot, just that "the marriage bed is easy to deal with, understand and use" line alone got my mind to racing. I know married people who fantasize about others while having sex with their spouses. I know married people who cannot "enjoy" sex without porn. I know married people who rely on all kinds of contraptions in order to please and be pleased by their partners. *The marriage bed is supposed to be a lot simpler than all of that!* (James 1:17) And it can be, when *purity* is more of a focus---before, during and after.
Which brings me to the main point of this message.
Since marriage is honorable and purity is the feminine side of honor, do we, as women, see how *imperative* it is that we remain pure in preparation for marriages and our marriage beds? Do we also see how *totally relevant and pertinent* it is for us also to not settle for less than a man who lives by the principles of *biblical truth* (John 8:31-32)?
A PURE WOMAN IS A FEMININE AND HONORABLE WOMAN. A TRUTHFUL MAN IS A MASCULINE AND HONORABLE MAN.
WHEN YOU PUT THESE TWO PEOPLE TOGETHER, THEY HAVE AN *HONORABLE* MARRIAGE AND A *PURE* MARRIAGE BED!
I really *honor* this resolve because it reminds me that when I'm not thinking or being pure (mind, body or spirit), spiritually, I am "veering off" from being a *truly feminine individual*. It also reminds me that if I do not *guard my heart* (Proverbs 4:23) against the kind of men who honor *biblical truth*, I am welcoming men who, spiritually, are not *truly masculine people*. And honey, I want myself a *very masculine man* (LOL)!
You are of a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9).
It is your spiritual birthright to be pure and to expect a man who is truthful.
That was awesome Holy Spirit! Thank you.