Avoiding Immorality

1 Corinthians 7:5
“Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

We live in days when the temptation for immorality is everywhere. Digital technology has put immorality at the fingertips of every person. Hollywood regularly promotes immorality as acceptable. Advertisers promote immorality through their suggestive advertisements to get people to purchase their products. People are not afraid to dress scantily to show off their body, and then they complain when someone gets a “little too close for comfort.”

It is becoming more difficult to fight immorality, but overcoming its temptation can be accomplished through the help of the Holy Spirit, and by setting guidelines to keep each individual from being tempted to do wrong. Purity is a command for the married and unmarried. Immorality is a sin for the unmarried person, but it is also a sin for the married couple. No matter how you look at it, God looks at immorality as sin. This means that the believer must do everything they can to avoid immorality. In 1 Corinthians 7, God gives several guides to help the believer to avoid immorality.

First, let me speak to the married couples. The verse above makes it clear that one way to avoid immorality is to be sure to meet each other’s needs. A married couple who are careful to meet the needs of their spouse will have less temptation to be immoral. My friend, if you don’t want to contribute to your spouse yielding to temptation, you would be wise to meet their physical needs. I am not saying that a person whose spouse meets their needs won’t be immoral, but what I am saying is that they will have less temptation to be immoral if their needs are met.

Second, let me speak to the single person. One of the ways a single person can avoid immorality is to give themselves to the service of the LORD. Too many single people make their lives about dating and getting their needs met when they should be giving their life to serve the LORD. Again, I am not saying that the single person who is a dedicated servant of the LORD won’t be immoral, but I am saying they will not be as prone to fulfill the lust of the flesh if they are given to serving the LORD.

Third, let me speak to everyone. Be careful not to look at things that promote lust. Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…” Many people have fallen to the lust of the flesh because they have not controlled what their eyes see. What you see will determine how pure your mind is and how much you are tempted with immorality. Be careful with what you allow your eyes to see.

Fourth, avoid placing yourself in situations that you are tempted to do wrong. My advice to every person is to never be alone with the opposite gender. You can’t go on a date with the opposite gender and not expect yourself to stay pure. Chaperoned dating is the best way to keep yourself from immorality.

Fifth, keep your hands off the opposite gender. 1 Corinthians 7:1 says, “…It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” If you don’t touch someone you are not married to, you will never commit immorality. Always remember there is no second touch if there is no first touch.

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