That violations of what is Scriptural and normal in the way of marital relations will be of no little consequence is unquestionable. To act in a godly way in these intimate matters is of great concern to lovers of righteousness. Far-reaching indeed may be the effects when persons united in matrimony commit acts that are morally wrong. First and foremost, they must realize that they are displeasing the Creator Jehovah God. This may also well affect their relationships with others, for something is wrong in their lives. They know it and they thus may feel unworthy to have a further share in the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom. Instead of manifesting happiness, they may become sullen and withdraw into themselves. Clearly, something must be done if they are again to enjoy happiness and contentment in their relationships to one another, to their fellow Christians and to Almighty God.
If such wrong practices have become habitual, it will take time, prayer to God and earnest effort to correct matters. Corrective measures must begin in the mind. When sensuous and improper thoughts present themselves to mind, the sincere Christian will with profit recall the words of Paul at Philippians 4:8: “Finally. brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are of serious concern, whatever things are righteous, whatever things are chaste, whatever things are lovable, whatever things are well spoken of, whatever virtue there is and whatever praiseworthy thing there is, continue considering these things.”
In his fight against immoral desires, the married Christian must realize that what he takes into his mind will greatly affect him. Movies, plays, literature and other entertainment should be chosen carefully. Even as the unmarried must guard their ways in this respect so that they do not fall into immorality, so too must married Christians. If they were to fill their minds with immoral or perverted ideas, these they might ultimately carry out in their intimate affairs, to their own depravity and spiritual detriment.
If wrong desires and improper habits have become deeply engrained, some who seek to rectify matters so as to be pleasing to God may find themselves stumbling again before they are able to overcome their bad habit with the help of God. But they should not be discouraged and should not give up. These persons should continue to look to Jehovah God and to turn to him for forgiveness and cleansing, for the necessary aid and strength. He is not far from those who seek him, and with his help such persons may be assured that they can conquer these wayward tendencies, gaining victory over such bad habits or conduct that is morally wrong.—Phil. 4:13.
Proclaiming the “Word of life” is the work of Jehovah’s witnesses. (2 Tim. 4:2) During November, to help others to understand that Word, they will present the Bible-study aid From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained, with a booklet, for 75c.
1963 YEARBOOK AND CALENDAR
One more wonderful year has been added to the swelling volume of praise to Jehovah that is resounding from nation to nation throughout the earth. For a full report of the exciting experiences and gratifying results of this energetic preaching campaign during 1962, send for the 1963 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is 50c. Send also for the beautiful 1963 calendar, for 25c. Both will be available after December 15, 1962.
“WATCHTOWER” STUDIES FOR THE WEEKS
December 30: Subjection to “Superior Authorities”—Why? ¶1-29. Page 681.
January 6: Subjection to “Superior Authorities”—Why? ¶30-40, and The Benefits of Subjection to Authorities. Page 688.