“You shall not commit adultery.”
Talking about a subject like adultery is unpleasant. It’s unpleasant because in our hearts, we know how dire the consequences of this sin really are.
What’s sad, though, is that as horrible as the consequences of adultery or sexual sin are, so many people… including Bible-believing, Christ-following people… continue to put themselves in a position to be tempted by the sin of adultery.
That’s why I want you to think about your day-to-day life. Think about the people you work with, the people you email with, or even the people you might Facebook with each day.
Is every relationship you have… whether it’s online or offline… aboveboard? Are your motives in each relationship pure?
First Corinthians chapter 10 tells us with any temptation, God provides a way of escape. And one way of escape he has given us is his Word. This is why I’m such a strong advocate of memorizing Scripture!
Because just trying to not think lustful thoughts really doesn’t do you any good. You and I have to replace bad thoughts with good thoughts. And the best thoughts you can put in your mind are God’s words.
So today, I want to help you start winning the battle against lust and sexual sin in your life by giving you a verse you can memorize. It’s 2 Corinthians 10:5, which says, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
So write that down. Second Corinthians 10:5. Learn it and memorize it. And the next time you’re tempted to lust… the next time you’re tempted to flirt… the next time you’re tempted to cross that line… repeat this verse in your head. You may even need to say it out loud! However you do it, use this verse to help you take every lustful, adulterous thought you have captive.
And trust me, the escape of God’s Word will protect you, your witness for Christ, and the godly relationships in your life.
YOU HAVE TO REPLACE BAD THOUGHTS WITH GOOD THOUGHTS. AND THE BEST THOUGHTS YOU CAN PUT IN YOUR MIND ARE GOD’S WORDS.