Innocence lost appears tempting. It is enticing. We consider that on the other side is a different life—a life of no restraint—which we mistakenly assume to be better.

The world would have us believe that losing our innocence is wisdom. That somehow our travels down the road of enticing sin is freedom. But that is no more true than the enlightenment that came to Eve when she ate the fruit of the forbidden tree.

Knowledge is not always life-giving. It is also not the same as Truth.

The loss of innocence is the loss of purity, a singleness of heart in which strength and wisdom reside.

Innocence lost is darkness—where we can’t live with our hearts open, where we’ve lost our strength and identity, where we’re afraid that we will be robbed again and therefore can’t trust ourselves to one another.

Jesus said,

Be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)

His Spirit imparts innocence to us. This innocence is a taste of holiness, purity, undefiled love. To be as innocent as a dove is to have unwavering devotion, to be single in our focus.

In the devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers writes:

God does not make us holy in the sense of character; He makes us holy in the sense of innocence, and we have to turn that innocence into holy character by a series of moral choices.”

Giving ourselves whole-heartedly to Jesus creates new identity, true freedom and rest in being loved. The wholeness of a pure life is a life of freedom, free of fear and grief, free of shame and guilt, free of entanglement to bondage, a new strength to live well.

There should be only one enticement to our heart, and His name is Jesus.

Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.