Everyone deals with temptation in different ways, and many believe that they can handle any temptation. If that is you, I salute you, but personally it has been my experience that there are two effective ways to handle temptation, that is avoidance and running away. Let’s look at Joseph and learn how he handled the situation when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife.
When Potiphar’s wife cornered him and tried to seduce him, his only escape was to run from her presence. He did not try to reason or talk to her; he just ran. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to do the same thing. “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT)
The words “anything that stimulates” means anything that will cause you to lust, such as books, magazines, movies, TV shows and even certain friendships with the opposite sex. Paul is saying don’t wait until it’s in your face and don’t give it a chance to start, but rather pursue holy living. The choice is yours, are you going to continue allowing things to stimulate you to lust or are you going to pursue holiness?
Remember, the two most effective ways of dealing with temptation is avoidance and running away. It’s your choice.
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