Your breakup with sin

Last night I was replying to an email from a girl who was struggling with going too far physically with her boyfriend. This is a situation where they are both Christians and love God, but the desires of their flesh have started to overcome their desire to honor God.   As I was replying to her email, I was reminded of 2 Timothy 2:22 "Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." Most people read this and stop at the first action that this verse commands... "Flee the evil desires of youth," and conclude that in order to remain pure and honor God you must solely run away from all sin, run as far and as fast as you can.   Although this is true, it is an impossible feat without the second part of the verse... "and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace." If you are presented with a glass of coke while desperately thirsty, your desire for it will become greater and greater if you don't leave the coke to pour yourself a glass of water. You can't expect to stay away from sin by merely running from it, your desire for it will only grow. Instead you must fill that desire with God, and in doing so your heart for God will expand and your pull towards sin will diminish.   God wants to release the shackles of sin around your ankles, so the things that currently consume you, will soon no longer even tempt you. Mind boggling! You and no one around you possess the key to your shackles, and you certainly don't have the strength to break the chains with your bare hands. Only God can set you free from your natural desire for lust, money, controversy, revenge, lawlessness, drugs, etc.   We can pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace by spending time with God in prayer, reading our bible, journaling etc. For even more idea about how to spend time with God, and what that even means, check out this article I wrote (here).   Thank you so much for reading, comment your thoughts below and encouragement for others that read this article too!   with Love, Joelle


  • shula

    i think a good way to become closer to God is in the last part of the verse, which is to “call on the name of the Lord”. When I call “Oh Lord Jesus”, I get His rich supply! I love calling on His name :)

  • Joelle

    Hi Shula!! Thank you so much for your comment! I totally agree, and it’s funny because I’ve never really focused on that part of the verse before until you mentioned it! Thanks for pointing that out, it shows how much depth is in every bible verse! <3

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