When we listen to God's Spirit (Romans 8:12-13) and refuse to conform to the world, we transform and renew our minds (Romans 12:2).
1. See no evil.
The Psalmist vowed to set nothing vile before his eyes (Psalm 101).
"Out of sight, out of mind" isn't a guarantee, but it's a good first step. We can and should avoid any form of entertainment that glorifies or romanticizes immorality. (See No Shades of Grey)
2. Speak no evil.
We shouldn't spend time discussing dark and evil things, nor should we use bad language (Ephesians 5:1-20).
3. Hear no evil.
We must refuse to listen to ungodly advice or the false philosophies so popular in our world (Psalm 1:1; Colossians 2:8)
When we guard eyes, ears and mouth, we ultimately guard our hearts which is oh, so important! (Proverbs 4:23)
Make this a very practical study. Don't think in concepts. Think of practical ways you can apply these verses to your life.
How do the following passages line up with the choices you are making?
Psalm 101:2-4: I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. 3 I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. 4 The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.
Ephesians 5:1-4,11-13: Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving...11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
Please work through this study before reading these insights.
The Psalmist talks of being "careful" in the way he lives, having "a blameless heart" (motive as well as action). He refuses to view anything vile. This would include not only pornography but anything that encouraged godless values (e.g. greed, selfishness, laziness, etc.). He refuses to admire those whose lives are faithless - his heroes are godly, not simply famous or popular.
Does your entertainment produce godly values? Who are your heroes?
Remember we're loved.
Remember God is our example.
Even a "hint" of immorality is wrong among Christians. This means that how things "look" is important even if we aren't doing something wrong.
Our language reflects our faith. It shouldn't be foolish, crude, rude, nor should it contain cussing.
We should expose sin, not ignore it and certainly not entertain it. We are meant to be lights, reflecting and transmitting the Light of Christ.
Is your life a light?
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