How Can We Be Clean in God’s Eyes?Enjoy Life Forever!—An Interactive Bible Course
4. Conquer bad habits
If you smoke or use drugs recreationally, you may know how difficult it is to conquer the habit. What can help? Consider how the habit affects you. Read Matthew 22:37-39, and then discuss how tobacco or the misuse of drugs affects . . .
a person’s friendship with Jehovah.
a person’s family and others around him.
Make a plan to conquer a bad habit.a Play the VIDEO.
Read Philippians 4:13, and then discuss this question:
How can a good routine of prayer, Bible study, and meeting attendance give a person the power to conquer a bad habit?
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?b
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!
It could be easy to think, ‘I failed, so I may as well give up.’ But think about this: Just because a runner stumbles and falls, it does not mean that he has lost the race, nor does he have to start the race over again. Similarly, a relapse does not mean that you have lost the fight against overcoming the bad habit. Nor does it erase all the progress you have already made. Relapses are normal—they are part of the road to recovery. Don’t give up! With Jehovah’s help, you can conquer the bad habit.
How Should Christians View Alcohol?Enjoy Life Forever!—An Interactive Bible Course
6. Overcome the misuse of alcohol
See what helped one man to stop abusing alcohol. Play the VIDEO, and then discuss the questions that follow.
In the video, how did alcohol affect the way Dmitry acted?
Was he able to stop drinking right away?
How was he finally able to break his addiction to alcohol?
Read 1 Corinthians 6:10, 11, and then discuss these questions:
How serious is drunkenness?
What shows that someone who misuses alcohol can change?
Read Matthew 5:30, and then discuss this question:
Cutting off a hand illustrates making sacrifices to please Jehovah. What can you do if you are struggling to overcome the misuse of alcohol?a
Read 1 Corinthians 15:33, and then discuss this question:
What effect can your friends have on how much you drink?