14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 1 Peter 1:14
Peter presents the Do Not Do This side of the proverbial coin to prepare us for the Do This side. We all have desires that are not so Godly. Peter calls them evil. Giving in to these desires and having them master you is what Peter’s warning against. It still as relevant today as it was when he wrote it 2000 years ago.
So how do we master them? How do we keep from giving in? If it were as easy as “just say no,” then nobody would sin. But we all know it’s never that easy because we have many sides tugging at us.
We have to recognize where we are the most vulnerable and take precautions that would prevent us from being placed in those situations. As a silly example, if I felt that every time I talked to James I would certainly gossip, the easiest course of action would be to avoid or minimize interaction with James.
Next, we give it all to Christ over and over again. Satan is out to destroy us, and he will use any means necessary to discourage, entice, and draw you away from God. He knows where you’re the most vulnerable as well.
We all have evil desires. How we deal as they arise with them determines whether we live a victorious life or one of defeat. Running to Christ is always the best course of action. To paraphrase a Chicago politician: do it early, do it often.