“If you’re tempted to disobey, go the other way”
I say this numerous times to my guys. They’re only 4 and 2, but I’m hoping to drill it in their heads now while their biggest temptation is kicking the baby gates or grabbing the iPad when I’ve told them “no screen”. 😉
I think the same principle should be applied to our lives, as mommies, friends, sisters, daughters, and wives…whatever your role may be.
If you’re tempted to do something you know is wrong, go find something else to do, go the opposite way.
1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Peter tells us that Jesus died for our sins so that we would DIE to sin and LIVE in righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). According to Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers, that word, “die,” in that verse is a milder term than “death” – it means to be absent. Meaning, when sin comes looking for its buddy (you), you’re not around to be found.
When the sin to gossip comes looking for you to partake, you’re not around to be found. You’ve chosen other topics of conversation, or other hobbies, or even other friends.
When Joseph denied Potipher’s wife, he RAN away from her. He didn’t hang around so that the temptation could find him again.
If we’re tempted to sin with our boyfriend, we shouldn’t be alone with him – because that’s where sin will find you.
If we’re tempted to read/watch things that we shouldn’t, we shouldn’t be where those things can be found.
If we’re tempted to daydream about someone other than our spouse, we shouldn’t let our minds go there. Our minds should be busy and filled with Scripture, or good things about our spouse, or whatever else is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable (Phil 4:8) like cupcakes, and chocolate, and the beach, and quiet minutes during nap time 🙂
If my little guys are tempted to sit in the floor and kick the baby gate while I’m trying to make dinner, even after they’ve been told not to do so, they shouldn’t hang out by the baby gate. Because if they do, those chubby little legs will find their way to the gate and will start kicking.
When sin comes looking for you, it should find you GONE.
Jesus died so that we wouldn’t have to live under sin’s influence, guilt, and power. He died. That’s a serious price to pay for us to continue doing what we know we shouldn’t do.
Ouch. My negativity? My laziness? My doubt? Yup. Those are sins, too.
I need to find somewhere else to be, so that my sins of laziness, doubt, and negativity will wonder where I’ve gone the next time they come looking (like in the next 5 minutes)…. 😉