“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
Yesterday we dealt with the question “What is sexual sin.” Today, we will look at how to avoid it. The Bible is very specific when it comes to dealing with the temptation of sin. Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” These verses tell us to stand up against the devil and to resist the devil. When it comes to sexual sin, however, the Bible gives a different command.
I Corinthians 6:18 Flee Fornication.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee youthful passions.
1 Corinthians 10:14 Flee from idolatry.
The Bible tells us to run away from sexual immorality and to be as far away from it as possible. In these situations, we are not big enough to stand up against it. John MacArthur gives five steps to avoiding sexual sin in his New Testament Commentary. First, he says that to maintain purity, we must avoid a look. Proverbs 6:25 says, “Do not let her capture you with her eyes.” Secondly, avoid flatter. Proverbs 5:3 says, “For the Lips of a forbidden woman drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil.” Next, avoid thoughts. Proverbs 6:25 says, “Do not desire her beauty in your heart.” The fourth point is to avoid rendezvous (Proverbs 7:7-12). Finally, avoid the house. Proverbs 7:25 says, “Her house is the way of Sheol going down to the chambers of death.”
Many times, sexual sins start with just a thought or a glance. We must guard ourselves, however, against our flesh and temptation. For many years, I have taught high school students about sexual sin. I am constantly amazed at the lack of accountability theses students have when it comes to sexual temptation. Whether it is with their phone or computers, many of them have a wide open door that leads to sexual sin. When the Bible tells us to flee fornication, I believe these are the types of things that we must actually be fleeing. Are there things in your life that are opening doors to these temptations? If so, learn to run away. Set up people who can keep you accountable for what you do and what you see.
Sexual sin affects us differently than other sins. Learn to run from these sins that can be so hurtful.