Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22
We have all been born with a sinful nature. We may not like to admit it but is the truth, firmly established in the word of God. We have a natural tendency to sin and doing the right is not always an easy thing.
There is a certain part of us that wants to do right and keep God’s commandments. There is also a certain part of us that wants to rebel against God’s word and seek our own pleasure. None of are immune to sin.
There is an indian proverb about the nature of man. A certain indian was talking to his grandson and said that within every man there are two wolves, one good and one bad. These two wolves are constantly at war with one another. The grandson wanted to know which wolf would win the battle to which the grandfather replied, “The one you feed.” While we do not believe the idea of two wolves in every man there is a lot of truth to the proverb.
There are certain things we can do, places we can be and certain people with whom we associate that make it much harder to good. There are also things we can do, places we can be and people we can associate with that make it at least a little easier to good.
Consider the King of Israel, David. He was described as a man after God’s own heart. Yet he fell into the depths of some of the worst sins imaginable. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband murdered. All of this from a man after God’s own heart!
What happened to him? He went up onto to his rooftop and saw Bathsheba bathing. He should have left and went back into the house but instead he stayed. He was feeding the wrong wolf.
We must be careful every day we live to make sure we are not doing the same thing. Where do we spend our time? Is it somewhere that will make us weaker or stronger? Or with whom do we spend our time? Is it someone who make us more likely to sin or to do good?
Take a look at your life. If the things you are doing, the people you are around or the places you are make you more likely to sin, leave. Just flee. What you leave behind will not be as good as what God gives you in the end.