Remove the Temptation
“But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” (1 Corinthians 7:9)
We often look at self-control as the ultimate goal of Christianity, but it is not. Self-control is one fruit of the Spirit, not the whole tree. The ability to repress desires and control oneself is an essential skill for Christians to have, but the above verse is a reminder that, sometimes, the honest humility to acknowledge that we are not strong enough to withstand the temptation is equally important. In the case of the young couple that burns with passion – sometimes the answer is to acknowledge it and push up the wedding date. It is better to marry than to burn.
Sometimes the answer is control in the face of temptation… sometimes the answer is to remove the temptation. There are no extra points gained for controlling your desire for alcohol while sitting in the tavern – get out of the pub! Walk away from the situation when your anger begins to boil. In the face of smut, turn off the television and remove yourself from the programming that would program you. There are times where the best self-control is changing the environment.
Matthew 4:4 #Biblebites
Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:1-9
Questions to ask:
- How is Paul feeling as he writes today’s passage? What is his mood?
- What are the central themes in Paul’s preaching and teaching which are being emphasized, or how are the central themes in this epistle being emphasized in today’s reading?
- How does our reading show Paul’s people skills, especially how he handles conflict?
- What in this passage would change the lives of the believer(s) being addressed? How does it make me a better disciple?
- How does this show the “good news” of the gospel? How can I share that with someone else?
This year, #Biblebites are following the life and writings of Paul. If you would like a copy of the reading schedule, you can view it here: https://eastlandchristians.org/news-events/2023-vision