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By: Amy Puccillo

She pulled me into the bathroom during intermission of the purity conference. With great big tears she began to confess that she had engaged in inappropriate conversation while texting with a guy. Both of these teens were active members of their church youth group and grew up in Christian homes. What began as innocent flirting ended with damaging results. One thing led to another and pretty soon, this couple found themselves texting words to each other that they would never be able to actually speak out loud. Inappropriate pictures were exchanged. This caused the girl to feel guilty, shameful and impure. She knew it was wrong and wanted to stop. We prayed together and she now has an accountability partner.

This is only one example of how dangerous our impure thoughts, reckless words and hasty actions can be when we do not filter them through the Word of God. In the Old Testament, we find Daniel, who resolved not to defile himself. He was a great example of someone who could have very easily been defiled but chose not to. In fact, he took risks in order to remain pure. How about you? Have you determined to remain pure in every way? Psalm 141:3-4a says, “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil” (NIV). I think this verse would make sense today if we thought about asking God to set a guard over our cell phones and keep watch over our texting.

The key to appropriate texting or conversations begin with Proverbs 21:29, “The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act” (NLT). Another way of putting is found in Proverbs 14:15: “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thoughts to his steps” (NIV). Take time to think before you text or speak. It is sensible and wise. Psalm 94:11 points out, “The Lord knows people’s thoughts; He knows they are worthless!” (NLT) Maybe your parents don’t know what is said or done on your cell phone, but one thing is for sure – God knows.

“For from the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you…” (Matthew 15:19-20a, NLT). When you resort to doing or saying things that are not pleasing to God, it is a result of what is going on in your heart. So, where is your heart? Are you near to God and obeying His Word? Are you distant and weak? The number one way to keep out of texting trouble is to rely on the power in the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12-13 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable” (NLT).

Wow, does that passage ring true. Consider it a wake-up call from God. You can choose your ringtone however you like, but choose your text messages much more carefully in light of God’s Word.

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