Project Inspired has a great article by Christi Given addressing this issue. It's a subject that's difficult to talk about, but if you have questions I would strongly encourage you to read the article - you can find it here. In a nutshell, Christi refers to 1 Peter 1:16 which says, You must be holy because I am holy. She points out that it is often the fantasies that are associated with the masturbation that are sinful. Matthew 5:28 says, But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman [or man] with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Christmas is just around the corner. It's important to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Probably the most quoted verse in the Bible is John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Here is why Jesus came:
Christianity is like a car. When you first come to faith it is shiny and new, just like a new car, but as soon as you drive it out of the car yard you need to maintain it. You need to put fuel in it, you need to have it serviced annually, you need to clean it, you need to pay your registration and insurance... Your salvation needs maintenance too. You need to read and study your Bible, attend church and pray. Your faith needs to impact every area of your life - what you say, how you spend your time and your money, how you treat people... Philippians 2:12 says, Therefore, my dear friends...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. That doesn't mean that you need to do good to be saved, you're saved by faith but you need to maintain it, like you would your car. So, how's your faith? Is it in good condition, a wreck or abandoned?
You are a citizen of the country you live in or were born in. The Bible says that when you become a Christian you are a citizen of God's kingdom. Ephesians 2:19 says we are fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household. If you have ever visited a foreign country you will know that they have different rules and regulations, perhaps a different language, different food and different cultures. Basically we should live according to the Bible and not try to fit in with the world. We should be counter-cultural - God's way is often opposite the world's way.
GOD's KINGDOM vs THE WORLD
Love vs hate
Giving vs receiving
Forgiveness vs unforgiveness
Kindness vs selfishness
Purity vs sexual impurity
Speaking words that build up vs words that tear down
1 Peter 1:17 says, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.