Going Through the Sexual Purity Training Process
One question that many teens will ask their parents is, “how far is too far”. We can first turn that question around and have them ask themselves “how much can I save”. If purity starts in the mind and Jesus reminds us, in Matthew 5 that it is not just about a physical act it is about having a pure heart and mind.
Working with the teens in the residential program we spent a lot of time discussing sexual purity. One of the exercises that we did was have them write a letter to their future spouse. We would have them express their desire from that moment forward to commit to purity for that future relationship. Teens often live in the here and now and have a hard time wrapping their minds around the fact that their will be a future. Having them do things like creating a future spouse list and writing their future spouse a letter helps to keep the reasons for purity in perspective.
Having said that communicating to your children that our bodies are made for sex is vitally important as is helping them in setting up parameters for dates.
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