1. A Conversation about Sex
Innuendos in movies, unanticipated lyrics in songs, and the dialogue of other children is often laced with sexual content. With culture becoming increasingly advanced when it comes to sex, it behooves every parent to have the “birds and bees” conversation with their son prior to him becoming 13. In fact, it is highly likely that he has already been exposed to sexual content.
We must initiate the conversation before it is initiated for us from sources we might not approve of. As believers we get to understand and discuss sex through the lens of scripture. This will give our sons an understanding of God’s original intent for sex and how it should and should not be used.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 says, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
We must help our sons understand why God desires sexual purity in His people. In a do-whatever-you-want culture, teaching our sons about God’s boundaries for sex may appear archaic and irrelevant. By having an open and honest conversation about sex, you help your son understand that his body is designed to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, he belongs to God and is intended to live as God desires. Culture will not teach him this—it must come from his parents.
This conversation is awkward, uncomfortable, and can be difficult to do, but it is necessary. If you are teetering on whether or not you should have this conversation with your son, there are practical resources available to help parents approach the subject matter. Make the choice to engage with your son on this topic so he will be prepared to handle temptation and misinformation with the word of God.
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