Believe me. No one is exempted. Even Jesus was tempted.
Whenever and wherever, temptations come anytime in any forms.
If you want to stay free from an affair and keep the purity of your marriage covenant, you can have a nonjudgmental and proactive approach in dealing with temptations.
Facing temptations is more than just wearing your wedding ring when no one is watching.
Here are my preventive measures in dealing with temptations and I’ll share them with you.
1. Seek Accountability.
As early as possible, find a spiritual mentor or coach for integrity check and accountability. I personally did this.
The purposes of which include spiritual guidance, as well as moral and emotional support system.
Dealing with temptations demands proactive approach. Having a mentor is one of the best ways to keep you on track and not be morally derailed in your life and leadership.
Having accountability partner makes a huge difference in safeguarding your state of morality and spirituality.
2. Stay Away From Compromise.
Saying “no” to temptation is not easy. As much as possible, avoid vulnerable situations and relationships. Be discreet. Have the discernment not to be entrapped and fail.
Sexual recklessness provides temporal enjoyments that lead to habitual actions, ultimately your destiny. You cannot afford to be foolish in lowering your guard and destroy yourself.
Do you have any good influences around you? Are you avoiding compromising people and places where you’ll be tempted when no one is watching?
Would your loved ones be concerned with what you’re about to do now?
3. See Ahead the Consequences.
Foresight is virtue. Thinking of the results for moral failures can help you face temptations. This cause-and-effect principle still stands regardless of anyone’s emotional imbalance or personal beliefs.
Succumbing to temptations led many to broken marriages and families. It brought too much pain of betrayal, hurt, and humiliation–not to mention the spiritual bondage to lots of families.
Before you do anything foolish, think again.
- What are the consequences of this affair to my family?
- How about my children or the community of faith where I belong?
- What are its consequences to my spiritual leadership or moral authority?
Guard your heart. Don’t think you can do this on your own. You need God’s help on this matter.
In fact, a lot of spiritual men and women have fallen into disgrace because they failed to exercise the disciplines above.
It’s only by God’s grace all of us will be able to hold on to our personal purity. That’s why repeatedly in the Bible, people are encouraged to watch and pray.
Remember this promise,
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017