Does struggling with temptation ever make you feel a little… evil? I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I have struggled with temptation. I’ve struggled with wanting to lie, steal, sneak a peek out the corner of my eye, damage someone with my words, ill thoughts… the list goes on. All too often I find myself feeling bad for even struggling with temptations, and you may too!
Do these struggles make us bad people, or bad Christians? I don’t think so. Even Jesus, while on Earth, was acquainted with the struggles of temptation, according to Hebrews 4:15 . I had to remind myself of this just the other day, I was tempted to think something I knew I shouldn’t. Instantly, I began feeling like garbage because the thought had even crossed my mind. However, I had to remind myself of a simple fact, and so do you; 1 Cor. 10:13 says,
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
I stood up, saying out loud, “NO, I will not be made to feel bad about this, I’m still fighting gosh darn it!” And sure enough, God provided me a way out. Just as Jesus battled temptation, so do we.
Do not let the enemy make you feel bad for struggling with the temptation to sin. God will always provide you with a way out! If you do happen to give in, don’t wallow in failure, get back up and keep fighting. But always strive to fight as Jesus did, “who was tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.” You can do it, too!
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