The New Gift

Hope For Those With A Sexual Past

By Jessica L Wright

The New Gift: Hope for girls who have gone too far.

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The feeling of hopelessness began to  fill my heart; I had already “messed up.”

Was there any hope for someone like me? Someone who was no longer a virgin?

These thoughts raced through my mind as I sat through my first abstinence rally.

I was 16 years old and had just become a Christian. My past had been riddled with sexual relationships that I believed I was forgiven of when I became a Christian. Although, that night at the abstinence rally I believed the lie that Jesus forgave me, but didn’t and couldn’t purify me.

The "Gift" of Purity

The speaker used an illustration of a beautifully wrapped gift to represent virginity. The gift sat on the stage next to him.

Near the end of the service he called a student up on stage and told her that she got to unwrap the gift. The student eagerly unwrapped the beautiful gift and then went back to her seat.

Another student was then called on stage. The speaker tried to give the unwrapped gift to that student, but he didn’t want it.

He asked the student why he didn’t want the gift. The student said, “Because the gift has already been unwrapped.”

The speaker said, “That is what virginity is like. Once that gift of virginity has been unwrapped, nobody else wants it.” 

I felt heat and a stinging pain begin to crawl up into my throat and spread to my eyes. My heart began to race as I fought to hold back tears.

Was this really how I would always be perceived... as an unwrapped gift that nobody wanted?

I sank into a pit of shame, and it would take me 13 years to get out of it.

During those 13 years I believed I was unworthy of any good thing from God. I believed I was second rate, disqualified, and hopeless compared to those who were virgins. The worst part was that I believed I deserved every one of those shameful feelings.

5 Truths About Your Identity & Purity
(No Matter How Far You've Gone)

If your past is similar to mine, I want to save you from those shameful feelings and give you hope!

Would you allow me to share five truths with you that God has taught me about His perspective of you and me?

5 Facts That Are True (Even When You've Gone Too Far)

1.) You Are Forgiven

The day you received Christ as your Savior was not only the day your sins were forgiven, but it was also the day you received freedom from those sins. No longer does your past have any authority over you. Satan will try to convince you that your past defines you, enslaving you to a lie. Galatians 5:1 speaks to this.

2.) You Are A New Creation

Once you become a Christian, you become a new person. In 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Paul says that in Christ we are new creations. The new he is speaking of actually means qualitatively new, as in never been touched new! First Corinthians 1:28 also says, “…God has chosen the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are…” God nullifies, or marks out, the fact that we were not virgins and makes us virgins though Christ! 

3.) You Have A New Identity

You have a new identity. Second Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." You take on the identity of Christ through His blood. You get Christ’s righteousness (Romans 3:21-28). His pure, spotless virginal identity becomes your new identity!

4.) God Can Restore What Is Gone

God restores what the locusts have destroyed (Joel 2:25). God will restore the innocence and purity that sin ate away. I am evidence of this!

5.) You Are Worthy of Forgiveness

You have to forgive yourself. Christ considered you worthy to receive forgiveness, so you have no right to hold unforgiveness towards yourself.

I encourage you to do this exercise:

Look at yourself in the mirror, and take your mind back to that girl who messed up. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the power to forgive her, then tell her you forgive her, and then you let her off the hook.

This exercise helps to break the root of bitterness that you feel toward yourself because of your mistakes. 

Purity Starts In The Heart

As you read these truths, let them wash over you. Don’t rush through them. Go back and reread these scriptures, and let these truths sink in. 

Purity begins in the heart. Once you let God’s word fill your heart, your eyes will be opened to the truth of how God sees you.

Christ restores the standard of virginity in our lives.

Kris Vallotton says in his book, Moral Revolution“Failures we have repented of are no longer the standard that we must bow to.”

No longer do you need to submit to Satan's labels of unworthy, flawed, or disqualified. That is his tactic to keep you in enslaved to your past. Don’t let Satan back you into a corner and tell you there is no hope.

Disqualified, unworthy, impure…

That’s not your identity.

You have been forgiven and made pure.

You, my sister, are spotless with no flaw of sin.

You are not an unwrapped gift, but a brand new gift!  


About the Author

At one point in Jessica’s life she decided that being a nun would be better than facing any disappointment from a husband due to her sexual past. Her plans for the convent life were soon met with the truth of God’s restoring love. Through her story, Jessica seeks to offer hope through restored innocence, freedom in Christ, and has a deep passion to see other ladies find their true identity.

Jessica’s book Worthy To Be Lovedcombines interactive applications with sound biblical teaching to help others understand how God can restore purity back to the impure. It is available on Amazon.

You can find out more about Jessica by checking out her website JessicaLWright.com.  You can also follow her on InstagramFacebookPinterest, and You Tube.



There Is Hope

If you have gone too far, we want you to know that there is hope. If you have found this article helpful, I encourage you to share it online and with your friends. But I also wanted to let you know that I would love to pray with you. You can submit prayer requests here.

~ Heather Hart, Director of FindYourTrueBeauty.com

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