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T he B ig P icture : P reparing  H ealthy , G odly  A dults
Strive to embody these two q­ ualities—­as God does h
­ imself—­by being
authoritative parents as you do lifelong sex education. You have the opportunity to bless your child and shape his or her sexual character through
your relationship.
THE BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING GOD
As you approach the task of sex education, be encouraged that as a follower
of God, you and your child will prosper as you help him or her handle the
gift of sexuality the way God, the ­Gift-­Giver, intended. God’s Word shows
us four ways in which following him leads us to prosper.
1. Prosper in Pleasing God with Our Obedience
The greatest benefit of conducting our sexual lives in the manner in which
God urges us to, and teaching our children to do the same, is that we can
know we are doing what our Father wants us to do and are pleasing him.
Scripture promises that in ­obedience—­in living as God ­wishes—­our faith
can be completed or perfected:
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
PSALM 147:10-11
[Jesus said,] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. . . .
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who
loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I
will love him and manifest myself to him. . . . If anyone loves me,
he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will
come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love
me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not
mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
JOHN 14:15, 21, 23-24
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we
keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does
not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in
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