May 21 A Passionate Temptation

scripture reading: Judges 16:1–22
key verse: John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Perhaps the most passionate, potent temptation of all is sexual allure. Even the strongest–willed men and women are overcome by its illicit attraction. Even the best marriages are destroyed by adulterous relationships.

One reason is the enormous emphasis our society places on sexuality. Sensuality permeates our entire culture, titillating us through television, magazines, books, and fashion.

Sexual temptation is also extremely pleasurable to contemplate. Here, more than anywhere else perhaps, Satan disguises his mischief as an angel of light, concealing its dark consequences.

But a more basic reason is the natural, God–given desire for physical relationships. Sex is God’s idea but only within the bounds of marriage. Thus, Satan takes a legitimate desire for sexual fulfillment, seeking to twist and distort it, and deceives us through the illegitimate means of adultery, fornication, pornography, and other forms of sexual abuse.

The fierce struggle is to enjoy your sexuality as God intends while resisting Satan’s alluring, but devastating temptation. Be thankful that God provides a way of escape.

Heavenly Father, keep me from sexual sins. You have provided a way of escape. Let me choose it. I want to conquer my sinful passions.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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