Justin and I embarked on scary territory this weekend… our first youth retreat! We were with teens for 24 hours- that is an entire day AND night. Crazy right?! Probably, but it had been on our hearts to create a weekend where our teenagers could have teaching and discussion surrounding the area of purity. Here’s a little bit of what we learned together:
We should have purity in our…
If you are a teen or single, how can you better glorify God in these areas? Are there things you need to change in order to better respect your future spouse?
Marrieds, how can we better glorify God and set an example of holy and pure relationships?
What we allow into our minds really does matter. It affects our words and our actions.
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45 NLT)
We often think that our words and our tongue don’t need to be tamed, but our words can have a damaging impact on the people around us. Whether in person or in text or social media, are you using words that uplift or discourage?
“Sometimes it (our tongue) praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” (James 3:9-10 NLT)
Are the actions that we choose going to reflect the love of God to the people we encounter?
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT)
Are the relationships we have about loving God and others well, or just about serving ourselves?
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:36-39 NLT)
Our teens have had a renewed focus, so now it’s your turn. What area of purity do you need to let God work on this week?