Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Many people are aware of, at least in passing, what is commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It acknowledges the holiness of God, it gives comment on our willingness to accept His will, and then it makes petitions to Him.  Among these is the request that we be not led into temptation.

There are many types of temptation.  Most, if not all, are based in self-indulgence.  it may be material gain, personal glory, or for any easy path in life (Jesus’ own temptations in the desert were of these types).  Some variations of these may be based on gluttony, alcohol, drugs, sex, or a host of other indulgences.  Yet others are then temptations to feel sorry for ourselves, and to bewail the “unfairnesses”of life.  Whatever the variety, most of us fall into them from time to time.

I was flipping through Dianne’s notes and found her reflection on her illness, and how to have a positive attitude in the face of it.  The passage she focused on was 1 Corinthians 10:13, “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.”  

This is a powerful reminder of God’s willingness to support us.   As noted above, Jesus was tempted.  But He overcame each, and in fact did so by referencing scripture.  He did not give in, but trusted in God’s word (and promises).  He is our help in time of trouble, and our example in the face of temptation.  Better still, He will not allow more than we can deal with to be arrayed against us, if we only trust in Him.

Padre

 

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