Run Forest Run

John Hill

“Flee from sexual immorality…” - 1 Corinthians 6:18a

4th of July is in a few days and is supposed to be about celebrating freedom.  In our world today, no other arena has as many opinions and struggles about what is free than in the arena of sexuality.  Both Christians and those who are un-churched are tempted to flirt with the boundaries God has established and many have been burned by the allure of illicit sexual activity that is out of bounds.

I am reminded of a game my in-laws play each Easter.  Basically it’s an egg hunt, but with cash instead of eggs.  Each person takes a $1 or $5 bill and hides it in the backyard.  Then everyone tries to find it and the person who hid it yells out who is hot or cold during the search.  The game can generate some tense moments once more than one person is close to finding the money.

Unfortunately, many people do that with sexuality.  They play ‘hot & cold’ games with God’s expectations. They try and see how close they can get to the edge when it comes to sexuality and hope that an alarm will sound before they go over.  While Paul clearly states for us in 1 Corinthians that we are to “flee from sexual immorality,” most people choose to ‘flirt’ with it instead.  The result is always the same: hurt, shame, relational turmoil, and wasted time among other consequences.

Let me be clear: it is not as though sexual sin isn’t fun or appealing for a time, it is just that the benefits of sexual sin are also fleeting.  On the other hand, the consequences are devastating.  We all either have or have heard of someone else’s story regarding the fall-out of sexual sin.

Yet, there is hope in God Who has made a way for each of us to be free from the power of sexual immorality. If we choose to trust Him and His plan in sexual matters, we can experience fulfillment beyond our wildest imaginations. And His plan is available for us in the pages of Scripture.

The first step is to agree with God that there must be a change.  Then, agree with God about the changes that must be. You may want to consult with a godly friend or leader who can help.  The path to restoration is not an easy one, but it begins with fleeing from the old choices.

And on this holiday where millions of Americans will celebrate their freedom, I can’t think of a more perfect time to pursue the freedom that lasts for eternity; the freedom that only God can provide.

So how about it?

Will you flee…or flirt?

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