Why fall into temptation?

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Why fall into temptation?    

Galatians 6:1 ‘Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”

Extra Reading: Galatians 6:1-10.

One granny once asked her grandchild, “My son, why do you fall into temptation so often?” The grandchild answered this way, “Because I am still young and still explore what life has to offer. I am bound to fall into temptation from time to time.” Surely, this may be the response of many young believers today. As long as Satan is still in this world, people will continue to be tempted. But God has given us the spiritual strength to resist temptation. Billy Sunday once said, “The reasons that Christians fall into sin is that they treat temptation like strawberry shortcake rather than a rattlesnake.” This man was spot-on. Remember that temptation is not sin, unless we yield to it.

No Christian should ever think that he or she is totally independent and doesn’t need help from others. The Bible speaks about spiritual Christians help those who are weak and fall into temptation, by restoring them. The body of Christ-the church-functions only when the members work together for the common good. Do you someone who needs help? Is there a Christian brother or sister who needs correction or encouragement?  Humbly and gently reach out to that person (John 13:34, 35). The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:13 states, “And lead us not into temptation…What a power prayer!

Does an ordinary Christian have the will to resist temptation? James in his book James chapter 4teaches believers five ways to resist temptation:

  1. Submit to God.
  2. Resist the devil.
  3. Come near to God.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Purify your heart.

How are you doing in this area of your Christian life?

Prayer: O God, help us to resist temptation victoriously.  Give us a holy hatred toward sin. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Rev. Samuel N. Modise

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