A spiritually unhealthy habit, masturbation instills attitudes that foster self-centeredness and corrupt the mind. * A masturbator may also grow to view others as mere sex objects
The apostle Paul wrote: “Beloved ones, let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) If you are struggling to heed these words, do not give in to despair. Jehovah is always “ready to forgive” and to help. (Psalm 86:5; Luke 11:9-13) Indeed, your self-condemning heart and your efforts to give up the habit
^ par. 1 Masturbation is the stroking or rubbing of the genital organs, commonly resulting in orgasm.
^ par. 2 As a practical step in controlling the use of a home computer, many families keep it in a public area. Additionally, some households purchase software that filters out undesirable material. No system, though, is completely reliable.
^ par. 1 For practical suggestions on how to overcome masturbation, see the article “Young People Ask . . . How Can I Conquer This Habit?” in the November 2006 issue of Awake!, and pages 178-182 of the book Questions Young People Ask