• Michael Haldas

Temptation


“The immediate origin of a temptation is our own sinful passions, which the devil energizes...being tempted is not a sin. We have not sinned until we give in to the temptation.” (Orthodox Study Bible, James 1:14,15, Life Application Study Bible, Genesis 3:1-6)

“...because Christ was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted…Christ’s suffering included temptation. He experienced the lure of sin, but He never surrendered Himself to it. He knows what it is like to be tempted, so He knows how to assist those who are being tempted.” (Foundation Study Bible, Luke 4:1-13, Hebrews 2:18)

“A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.” (C. S. Lewis)

“We need to be clear: God does not tempt us (James 1:13–15). God tests us.” (Marlena Graves)

"Our daily struggles with temptation even in small things are the battle line. Each time we repent there is rejoicing in Heaven and we must fight with courage and hope." (Father Spyridon Baily)

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