“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”
Yesterday, we learnt about the nature the believer has and how that nature dictates his abilities and influences his conducts.
Today, we’ll be looking at the instruction given to the believer as regards his disposition in the face of temptation, specifically lust and fornication
2 Timothy 2:22 says “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
The believer’s approach to combatting the temptation of lust is very simple- Flee.
The Greek word translated “flee” means to run away. This means that you must give no room to allow thoughts or an idea of lust linger.
Apostle Paul reiterates the same thing in his epistle to the church at Corinth. He states in unmistakable terms the way by which fornication can be avoided.
1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
So, while other instructions in the epistles might expect you to do something, the instruction to imbibe in order to stand against fornication and lust is to go- to flee.
Lust isn’t a temptation you stay to fight, it is one you fight by fleeing. Heed the words of Apostle Paul; it is the way out of lust!