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Sunday, 27 January 2019

What Teenager's Struggling with mastubation should do.

God isn't going to send you to hell because you masturbate. Still, this is a complicated and controversial issue because the Bible never mentions it. That's why Christians have differing perspectives on the spiritual and moral implications of this behavior. This is an area where we have to be careful about laying down hard and fast rules or assuming that we know exactly how God views this matter. There's little to be gained by calling masturbation itself a sin. In fact, in some ways, we think it misses the point.
The point, as we see it, is the larger meaning and purpose of human sexuality. The Bible has two important things to say about this: first, sex is central to the process by which a husband and wife become one flesh (Genesis 2:24); and second, sex and marriage are intended to serve as a picture or symbol of the union between Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:31, 32). Sex, then, isn't supposed to be "all about me." From first to last, it's designed to function as part of the give-and-take of an interpersonal relationship.
While we don't condemn you for struggling with masturbation, we'd also like to help you break the habit because God has created you to experience sexual fulfillment on a much higher level within the context of marriage. We don't want anything to jeopardize your chances of knowing that joy to the fullest extent at the appropriate time.
It's also important to realize that, due to the powerful hormonal and psychological components of human sexual behavior, masturbation can become addictive. Some individuals end up carrying this habit with them into adult married life, where it can become a serious obstacle to healthy marital intimacy. Masturbation is also frequently accompanied by indulging in sexual fantasy. According to Matthew 5:28, fantasy is a serious issue that damages a person's mental and spiritual purity.
So what can you do to break the pattern of sexual self-gratification? It may be helpful to understand that masturbation can be a self-soothing behavior. In other words, it's a way of coping with the pressures of life and seeking to meet your need for peace, security, comfort and reassurance. If you think this might have something to do with your reasons for masturbating, ask yourself whether it might be possible to replace this behavior with a more positive activity, such as talking to a friend, reading a good book, listening to music, pouring yourself into a constructive project, or serving other people. Often people use masturbation to cope with feelings of isolation. It's important to realize that only the Lord can fill the empty spaces in our hearts in a deep, lasting, and satisfying way.
One of the best ways to deal with difficult or sensitive subjects of this kind is to talk over your questions with a caring, trustworthy adult – even if it seems embarrassing. Your parents or youth leader at church can discuss aspects of this issue that may seem troubling or confusing. You may even want to consider the option of getting some help from a professional Christian counselor.

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