It is vital that we put a moral margin between us and sin, between us and temptation. I don’t know many people who put three bullets in a gun, and then spin it and say, “I wonder how many times I can click it and it will be okay?” I never met someone (although there are a few on our television) who has said “I wonder how close I can get to this deadly snake before I get bitten?
But yet, for some reason, when it comes to temptation, people are almost always asking, “How close can I get to the edge without getting bitten?” For example, “If I’m dating somebody, how far can I go? How far is too far?” In other words, if there is a line somewhere, I want to know where it is, because I want to get right up to that line. Or how much alcohol can I drink before it becomes a sin? How big is a lie before it’s bad? Is a little white lie okay?
1 Corinthians 16:18-20 ‘18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body’.
What is the first word – Flee! The Bible does not say flirt, the Bible does not say, get close to; but the Bible says “Flee from sexual immorality.” Greek word that’s translated as flee, is the word pheugo (fyoo’-go), it means is to run away; it means to shun; it means to escape; it means to distance oneself. Pheugo from sexual immorality; flee, get out of town, put some distance there, put some margin between you and temptation! Don’t ask yourself, “How close can I get?” But, the wise person is going to put significant margin, significant distance between themselves and temptation.