What did God expect from young people in biblical days? What does the bible say about young people and sex? Well, let’s take a look.
In 2 Timothy 2:22, Paul writes, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Flee, runaway, escape! When we see temptation, we are supposed to run as fast as we can, in the opposite direction.
“But,” you might say, “it was easy then. There weren’t smart phones, Internet, or pornagraphic billboards then. There wasn’t a huge immodest fashion industry like today. How can we do that?”
In What’s On My Phone by Lisa Taylor, she suggests the following:
Avert your eyes (look away
Call it what it is (say out loud, thats porn, or that’s sin, but not too loudly)
Tell someone you trust (like your parents)
She also goes on to say, “By speaking out loud, “that’s porn,” we help to activate our brain’s brakes. By telling a safe person, we take the “secrecy” power away from pornography.”
Hopefully this helps you to ACT. This was intended for just porn, but it can help in other situations as well.
Enjoy Your Youth, But…
What else does the bible say? Ecclesiastes 11:9 says, “You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.”
What does this mean? It means to enjoy your youth, to follow your heart and have a good time. But remember as you do this, that this will bring you into judgement.
Does this mean that God will judge us for having a good time? Not at all. Remember, judging does not have to have a bad connotation.
What I believe this verse is trying to say, is that God will come at the end of time, and he will commend or accuse you, depending on what you do with your youth. If you spent it in innocent pleasures, mixed with learning and becoming an adult, he will commend you. If you spend it in sins that bring you now closer to becoming an adult, but actually take you farther away from it, you will be condemned.
Before I leave you on that somber note, I want to remind you that our God is a “God of mercy”. To illustrate this point, I’ll tell you a quick story.
David was special. Even as a young man, God called him “a man after my own heart”. He obeyed God, and kept faith in God, even in hard times, and when he grew up, he became the king of Israel, even though his family were shepherds. But he had one weakness, women.
He had hundreds of wives and concubines, and he still wasn’t satisfied. Then, one day, he saw a beautiful woman bathing in a ceremonial pool (to cleanse herself after her period). One problem, she was already married, and God had strictly forbidden His people from committing adultery.
Long story short, she told him a little while later that she was pregnant by him. So he murdered her husband, and took her as his own wife, to hide his sin.
God was angry then at David, and as punishment for his sin, took away his first born child with Bathsheba (the woman). But David repented, and God forgave him. David and Bathsheba’s second born son, Solomon, grew up to be king after David, and God later blessed Solomon with exceptional wisdom.
The point? God does forgive. David did not stop being a man after God's heart after sinning. No, he repented, and God forgave and blessed him.
It’s never too late. Please don’t think that “my sin has gone too far, so I’m not even going to try to follow 2 Timothy 2:22.” Or, “I’ve already been judged by God, so it’s too late to turn over a new leaf.”
If you turn to God, with true repentance in your heart, He will hear your cry, and forgive you. If you work hard to live a new life, He will bless your endeavors. It is never too late.