Coptic orthodox view dating
My Lord, I know so little about purity (from the practical, day to day life point of view).Help me now, O Lord, to set down some thoughts, exercises and practices that You have taught me by various means, and I have tried, with variable success.I often forget and peter out in my practice of these as time trundles on, so a written record is a good reminder to me…Purity means regaining the territory God gave me, and the devil invaded and corrupted.The desire for physical intimacy is holy, intended for use within a whole-person loving, caring and giving relationship with one’s spouse.
That is:- Purity comes not my own strength and struggle, but through your protection and aid.Certainly, You shall not bless me with this deliverance so long as I am lazy and loafing – in Your love, You never force Your virtues on us.Purity is a prison-cell door of solid iron that I can never move; and I am locked inside in the darkness.But You have slipped the key under the door for me.It is for me to pick it up and turn the latch – that much I am capable of.
But it is for you to push the door open, for no-one else has that strength but You! My tiny successes are the encouraging sound of the latch clicking open. Prayer is integral to success in attaining the virtue of a pure heart and pure life.