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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

January 2, 2014

Thursday

1 Corinthians 7:2

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

 

EXAMPLE

While my wife and I were shopping at a mall kiosk, a shapely young woman in a short, form-fitting dress strolled by. My eyes followed her.

Without looking up from the item she was examining, my wife asked, “Was it worth the trouble you’re in?”

Drew Anderson

 

LESSON

Paul proceeded to give guidelines to the married or formerly married. Paul advised married people not to abstain from normal sexual relations. In this verse Paul’s extended his correction of the Corinthians’ view of marriage. He urges them strongly that the type of abstinence that they were arguing for within marriage was totally wrong. Paul urged married couples to have sexual relations with one another because of the prevalence of temptations to satisfy sexual desire inappropriately. “Having” one’s spouse was a common euphemism in non-biblical Greek for having that person sexually.

God is able to give you the strength to say no to the temptation of sex and to avoid it. Jude 24a says “God is able to keep you from falling,” that is, God is able to keep you from falling into any type of sexual temptation if we just trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and pray for strength to overcome it.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:13

 

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