Learning to Flee

“Flee from sexual immorality. . .” (1 Corinthians 6:18).

“Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house”  (Proverbs 5:8).

The Bible teaches us to run the race set before us (Hebrews 12:1), but we also need to learn to flee. Many people set themselves up for failure by forming relationships that do not honor God. These verses address sexual immorality, and command us to stay clear of this sin.

God really has only one strategy for this particular sin: flee. We should not form unhealthy relationships that tempt us to sin in this manner. We should not put ourselves in environments that help enflame temptation. Instead we should simply flee.

When Joseph was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife, he fled (Genesis 39:12). He didn’t tarry to see if he was strong enough to withstand the temptation, he knew better. He fled. When King David set his eyes on Bathsheba, he did not flee, and brought on himself a lifetime of grief (2 Samuel 11:1-5). We cannot afford to reason these things out, we simply need to flee.

How can I flee tempting relationships?

1. By forming relationships with godly believers committed to purity.
No one should ever commit to someone before they first commit to a pure relationship. Both should agree to a pure relationship that honors God. This means singles who want to get married need to abstain from sex until marriage.

2. By establishing healthy boundaries.
Members of the opposite sex should set proper boundaries in their relationships. If married, then we should commit to not being alone with members of the opposite sex. Why invite temptation? If single, see point 1 above.

3. By courageously running against the grain.
If you commit to godly relationships, the world might laugh at you, mock you, and even ostracize you. But God will smile on your actions and honor your commitments. We live in a society that has tossed all the traditional values out the door. But followers of Christ should not become dismayed. Jesus warned of persecution (John 16:1-4). He also promised a crown to those who faithfully wait for Him (Revelation 22:12). We demonstrate our love for Him by what we endure for Him.

Finally, if you have failed in this matter, confess it to God and He will forgive you (1 John 1:7-9). The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. Flee from sin, but run to Jesus. He will never cast you out.


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