2. To be clean, what habits should we avoid?
The Bible urges us to “cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) Thus, we strive to avoid anything that would damage our body or our mind. Our thoughts should please Jehovah, so we do our best to reject improper thoughts. (Psalm 104:34) We also strive to use clean speech.—Read Colossians 3:8.
What else could make us physically or morally unclean? Some substances can contaminate our body. Therefore, we avoid such things as tobacco, the chewing of betel nut or coca leaves, and the recreational use of drugs. By avoiding these, we are healthier and we show respect for the gift of life. We also strive to be morally clean by fighting against the unclean practices of masturbation and of viewing pornography. (Psalm 119:37; Ephesians 5:5) It can be difficult to overcome these habits, but Jehovah can help us to do so.—Read Isaiah 41:13.
5. Fight against unclean thoughts and practices
Read Colossians 3:5, and then discuss these questions:
How do we know that pornography, sexting, and masturbation are unclean in Jehovah’s eyes?
Do you think that it is reasonable for Jehovah to expect us to be morally clean? Why?
Find out how to fight against unclean thoughts. Play the VIDEO.
Jesus used an illustration to show that we must act decisively to stay morally clean. Read Matthew 5:29, 30, and then discuss this question:
Although Jesus was not suggesting that we harm ourselves physically, he did indicate that we need to take action. What kind of decisive action can a person take to avoid unclean thoughts?*
If you are fighting to overcome unclean thoughts, Jehovah values your efforts. Read Psalm 103:13, 14, and then discuss this question:
If you are struggling with an unclean habit, how does this scripture encourage you to keep fighting?
A relapse does not mean defeat!