Abstain from Fleshly Lusts!

Posted: 06/30/2008 in Devotions
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“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.” – 1 Peter 2:11-12

Just as we always find in Scripture, we have a command empowered by gospel truths. The command is to “abstain from fleshly lusts…having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles”. The first thing we need to do is to find out what these fleshly lusts are that war against us and desire to overthrow our faith? Well they could be a number of different things. If we look at Galatians 5:19-21 we find a long list of “works of the flesh” and these are some of the things that wage war upon ourselves. In that list we find sins of jealousy, selfish ambition, envy, hatred, outbursts of wrath, idolatry, adultery, drunkenness, and we could probably add a number of other fleshly lusts… Love of money, love of possessions, laziness, etc… We are to abandon such things and live in holiness.

So how do we fight against these lusts? I believe the answer is in knowing who we are in Christ; in reflecting upon the gospel truths. Here, Peter addresses these believers, by saying “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims…” He reminds them of their identity as Christs redeemed people. Beloved, “[you]who once were not a people… are now the people of God,[you] who had not obtained mercy… now have obtained mercy…” (verses 10) You are sojourners, you are pilgrims, you don’t belong to this world, you are citizens of Heaven, redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. Your hope is not in this world. Not in the things of it, nor the justice (or lack of) that it offers. O Christian, Do you see how blessed you are?

Seeing who you are and the hope that awaits you, honor God in your conduct, that they might see your good works and glorify God.

I leave you with a few verses from earlier in Peter’s epistle.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” – 1 Peter 1:3-5

J. C. Hahne

  1. remaining nameless says:

    I Peter 2:11
    11Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

    Isn’t it true that nothing wages war against the soul much more than sexual impurity?

    If anyone out there has ever been involved in the sin of sexual impurity surely they know how it can put a strain on the soul in a very strong and undesirable way.

    This particular fleshly lustful behavior seems to wage a war against the soul like no other.

    Isn’t there another passage or two that tells us to be careful of such lust?

  2. J. C. Hahne says:

    Remaining nameless – Thank you for your comment. Indeed the lust of sexual impurity wages war against our souls, and for some it’s harder to master than others. But let’s not minimize the strength of more hidden sins of the heart that wage war against us. Sins like love of possessions, money, comfort. All sorts of worldliness wage war against us.

    In any case we must take sin seriously. Praise God that He is our strength in overcoming sin. We have a great hope; a great future. Let us therefore forsake these sins that weigh us down and cause so much grief.

    I’ll look for the other passages that you might have had in mind, but I ‘ll have to do that later as my computer is acting up…

    Blessings to you. May you glorify and enjoy Him who first loved us!

    Joey Hahne

  3. denise says:

    thank you so much for your help I have a better understanding now God, Bless!!

  4. Paul says:

    A verse that comes to mind is I Corinthians 6:18 that says, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.”

  5. Promise.v says:

    Thanks better understanding from God almighty.

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