Intimacy: A Christian Frontier Part VII

So far I have discussed and observed intimacy as part of Christian life. We are to be intimate with God and our relations with each other. We are not to limit our intimacy with our spouses and grow together.

However, with all of this talk we must discuss temptation and when we are tempted.
A Strategy When You Are Tempted

Notice what I said there? When we are tempted. Not if but when. Many married men and women are surprised when they are sexually tempted. They falsely assume that marriage will solve the “purity” problem. Because they are allowed and encouraged to have sex, external factors won’t be an issue any more, nor will the attention of another man or woman.

Almost every married person will at some point be tempted. Maybe that temptation will come in the form of an attractive co-worker or rekindling a friendly relationship with an old lover online. Or maybe you will simply be tempted to fantasize about “what if I had married… instead of my husband/wife?” Remember, temptation comes in many forms.

Paul challenged us that we are “not unaware of Satan’s schemes” so let’s not be outwitted by him. Whether you are currently facing temptation or not, be prepared.

1 Corinthians 10:13: The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

What are your first thoughts? What does this verse speak to you? To me, this verse reminds us of three important things:

1) It is normal to be tempted. Everyone, even Jesus, faces temptation. To be tempted is NOT a sin.

2) God is faithful to provide you the strength to stand and a way of escape.

3) It is up to you to choose the way of escape!

In Psalm 101, David records a list of choices he made to be prepared for temptation. Each one begins with the words, “I will.” Just as Paul, we must remember that temptation is there and God is faithful. How can we prepare? Now we must be like David. Using Psalm 101 as a guide, write your own list of “I will’s” addressing how you choose now to guard against sin and respond to temptation when it comes.

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