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If you want to ensure that your daughter maintains sexual purity from puberty to marriage, the best way to do it is by affirming her identity so that the enemy cannot distort it.
During adolescence, it's natural for girls to become interested in boys and seek their approval. However, this desire for approval can become exaggerated if your daughter lacks confidence in her identity. To counter this, you must instill in her the core truths about who she is:
- She is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.
- She is loved, adored, and cherished by her parents.
- God loves her unconditionally and delights in her every day.
When your daughter truly grasps these foundational truths about herself, she will develop a healthier perspective on relationships with boys. She will interact with them from a position of confidence and self-assurance.
So, how do you instill these core truths in your daughter? It's an ongoing process. Consistently and lovingly remind her that she is a princess, the apple of your eye, amazing, special, and a mighty woman of God. Use your own words to express your wonder and joy in her, and also remind her of how much God loves and values her.
Keep in mind that there's no way to control every aspect of your daughter's life, and the enemy is always seeking to distort her perception of herself and others. Setting healthy boundaries is important, but it's equally crucial to fill her heart with love for who she is. This love and confidence in her identity will empower her to "stand firm" against any negative influences and distractions.
In a world where external pressures and temptations are abundant, empowering your daughter with a strong sense of self and identity in Christ will be the foundation for her to navigate relationships and maintain sexual purity.