I’m very big on protecting your marriage. If you value something, shouldn’t you take the best care of it?
I especially like studying boundaries because it helps us keep in check. When we are careful it does not mean we are assuming or accusing. It simply means we are protecting and its a two way street.
Today’s Time Wrap blog really caught my eye and I agree with her sentiments and find it very helpful.
The other day I got to talking to a married friend and young mother who told me that she was recently approached by an ex-boyfriend who wrote her a heart-felt letter. If that isn’t temptation wrapped in a bow and handed to her on a silver platter, I don’t know what is. But I do know that this happens more often than women are willing to admit. Social networking has opened the door to behind-the-scenes communication and easy access to temptation unlike anything we’ve seen before.
She isn’t the only woman who recently told me this. The next day I heard a similar story–the names were changed, but the details and the storm of emotions she felt resembled that of the other. Satan knows our weak spot and too often it’s found in matters of the heart.
The initial temptation is an external one, but the lies we start to tell ourselves are internal, and that’s why we need to protect our thoughts before they become action that we live to regret.
- Recognize sin when you see it lurking. Don’t toy with it.
- Flee temptation as soon as you realize that you are being drawn away.
- Study the Bible regularly so that you are equipped to destroy the lies with truth.
- Pray asking God to take the temptation away, and if possible confide in friend who will lift you up in prayer and keep you accountable.
- Keep a safe distance between you and those things or people that you view as a potential temptation. Or if you must keep them close as in the case of a working relationship, keep your communication out in the open.
For the complete blog, visit http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/2012/05/5-ways-to-resist-temptation.html