Action: Flee

READ: “So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry” 1 Cor 10.14.

THINK: Paul uses the verb flee in the sense of “to keep from doing [something] by avoiding it because of its potential damage, flee from, avoid, shun” (BGAD). Besides idolatry, the saint flees from sexual immorality, 1 Cor 6.18 (because this “is never right” 1 Cor 6.13 NBV), “all these things” (love of money, etc.), 1 Tim 6.11, “youthful passions” 2 Tim 2.22. This flight permits the pursuit of the virtues of Christ, 1 Tim 6.11. It reminds one of Joseph, Gen 39.12. Sin must be dealt with in a serious way.

ACT: Avoid situations of potential temptation, leave them abruptly.

PRAY: Father, do not let me fall into temptation, but free me from evil.

ASK: What is my weak point in temptation? How can I avoid it?


J. Randal Matheny

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