Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
— 2 Timothy 2:22
We live in a world that is constantly bombarding us with all manner of sinful thoughts and actions so that our consciences become continually more and more desensitized. This is what the world does; this is what Hollywood does. It continually desensitizes us until we come to accept things that at one time we would never accept at all.
“Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?” (2 King 8:13) says one character in the Old Testament. He was appalled when someone suggested such a great sin. Yet time went by and guess what; he did it.
What a time of desensitization we have been living through. It is tragic. I hope that our consciences are startled awake by the Holy Spirit, even as a cattle prod would cause a cow to jump and run, and we might realize how sinful sin is.
If you’re tempted, then flee. Be like Joseph when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. Run from the temptation and don’t look back. Ben Franklin once put it this way, “‘Tis easier to suppress the first desire, than to satisfy all that follow it.”
Question to ponder:
Is there any situation tempting you that you need to cut yourself off from?