I read a really helpful article on the Gospel Coalition website today outlining a strategy for pursuing sexual purity. Within an increasingly sexualized culture, this is important stuff – important for those wishing to protect themselves, guard their relationships and most importantly, glorify God.
I’ve attempted to summarise the article. To read the entire article go to http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/03/12/f-l-e-e-a-strategy-for-pursuing-sexual-purity/
As Christians, we are to “Flee from sexual immorality” (1 Cor 6:18). How are we doing? How are we dealing with it? Here’s a strategy: F.L.E.E.
F – Fill yourself with Christ. He is the bread of life and he satisfies (John 6:35). Believe this and fill yourself with his Word (Matt 8:4) and your life with his people (Col 3:16).
L – Lock out the lies. Don’t run to the sexual lies, run from them. Sexual immorality may look good, but it destroys (Prov 7:13-23).
E – Exchange lies for truth. Seductive lies are all around us and we often exchange the truth about God for these lies. God reverses the exchange. For a Christian, our new self is created after God’s likeness (Eph 4:22-24). When tempted, get out your Bible, read about God’s truth and blast away the lies.
E – Expose yourself to the light. Don’t keep any sexual sin in the darkness. Don’t pretend it didn’t happen. Confess it to God. Walk in his light. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:5-7). Stay in the light. And also, chat about it with a Christian friend or two who you trust well – confess it to them. Let them pray for you (James 5:16).
FLEE sexual immorality.