It’s no secret that many men struggle with sexual temptation. That can range across a wide variety of struggles, from outright infidelity and adultery, to pornography, to simple lust (which isn’t really that simple).
Studies show that men tend to be more visual than women, and just adds to the problem. So how do we combat it?
Sexual purity is a critical pursuit for men in this day and age, when all too many men see nothing wrong with it. The same struggle exists for women, too, but from what I’ve read, it’s not yet as prevalent as it is with men. Finding a solution that works is essential. In order to be the men that God called us to be, and the husbands and fathers our wives and children need us to be, we must find a way to resist this temptation.
In the book of Job, from the Old Testament, we can catch a glimpse of just how ancient this struggle really is, and we can gather some insights into how we can stand firm, resisting the temptations of sexual impurity.
In chapter 31, Job makes a very bold statement: “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.”
I believe that this is a brief peek into the heart of what God wants for each one of us. I see three things that we can do to help us to stand strong in this area, based upon Job’s experience and commitment.
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Paul’s letter to Titus begins right away with a description of what a godly church leader looks like. His letter is a brief one, so he wastes no time getting right to the heart of the matter. As mentioned last week, the letter to Titus can be broken into three sections: Godliness when it comes to church leaders, godliness when it comes to church life, and godliness in the life of the individual believer.
You can see the continuing description of the elder in Titus 1:7-9:
At first glance, it seems like Paul is repeating himself here; he tells Titus that an elder must be blameless twice within the span of two sentences. Paul’s writing is usually very intentional. Why would he carelessly repeat what he just stated in the previous sentence?
The answer is that it was not a careless repetition. Here is a rule to live by when reading Paul’s letters, or any of the rest of the New Testament: When something is repeated, that means it is being emphasized. We need to pay closer attention. If Paul feels it bears stating twice, then we need to hear it. In this case, he is going to describe what being blameless looks like for the elder.
It’s worth noting that Paul switches words here from elder (presbuteros) in verse 5 to overseer (episkopos) in verse 7, however, the meaning behind both is the same. These words are both used to describe the same office in the church.
If sins need to be expiated, it is because they are sins committed against someone who ought to be propitiated.
F. F. Bruce
Developing solid spiritual disciplines takes a lot of work and a lot of time. But it is well worth the effort. Many of the disciplines that we need to develop in our lives require a lot of patience and a lot of practice to build into a solid habit. Others are much easier; as easy as simply choosing the right thing.
That’s the case when it comes to reading quality books, besides the Bible reading that we need to maintain. There are a lot of books out there. But not everything in print is worth reading. And much that is okay to read shouldn’t be too high on the priority list.
This is a case where you may have to sacrifice the good for the best. While there is much to read that is good, and books that we like to read, there are other things that are the best things to read. Seeking these out and spending time with them is a habit that is worth developing.
Here are five major benefits that come with choosing the best books to read.
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The letter to Titus is a very brief letter, and because of this, Paul wastes no time in getting to the point. His purpose in writing is to instruct Titus on several key points of his ministry on Crete, beginning with appointing elders.
You can see this week’s passage in Titus 1:5-6:
After a greeting that is typical for Paul, he jumps straight into his reasons for writing Titus. The first and foremost reason is so that Titus can continue the work that Paul began and appoint elders in the churches there.
The letter to Titus can be broken into three sections: Godliness when it comes to church leaders, godliness when it comes to church life, and godliness in the life of the individual believer. Paul begins with the leadership.
He states that this is one of the prime purposes for which he left Titus behind. This suggests that Paul was there himself, working to build the church on Crete. Paul was, in fact, on the island of Crete at one point, according to Acts 27:7-8. But these events don’t necessarily fit that timeline too well. An additional visit, after Paul was released from prison in Rome, however, is likely.