In 2 Timothy 5:2, the apostle Paul admonished Timothy to treat women with “absolute purity.” How can parents prepare their sons emotionally and spiritually to maintain purity in this temptation-filled world? On today’s Home School Heartbeat, host Michael Farris interviews one homeschool graduate about this question.
Colten, last time we visited about the beginnings of the purity ball and how this affected you as you began to think about purity in your own life. What are some of the other aspects of your own upbringing that led you to have convictions about purity?
One of the things my Dad encouraged me to do was to make a covenant with my eyes just like Job did. In Job 31:1 it talks about Job making a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully at a woman. And he says that, if his eyes were to follow his heart, the results would be devastating. It would be a devastating fire that would have uprooted his harvest. So I made a covenant with my eyes to not look lustfully at a woman. And my parents also raised me how to treat young women just as 2 Timothy 5:2 says, “Treat young women as sisters with absolute purity.” So to value and esteem them, there’s only one woman out there that you will be married to and the rest you are to treat as sisters with absolute purity. My father also encouraged me and helped me in forming habits, and holding myself accountable to other men for purity. It’s not something that you can do alone. But you need the accountability and encouragement of fellow men around you to stand strong in this fight.
Thanks so much for sharing those ideas with us, Colten. I’m sure they’ll be an inspiration to many who listen, especially I hope, to young teenage boys. I’m Mike Farris.