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“Paul admits that he has great anxiety for the churches in the religion of Colossae [Colossians 2:1-7]. He is worried that false teachers will lead the believers away from their faith in Christ. But note that Paul does not pray that the deceivers will suddenly disappear. Nor does the Apostle pray that the believers will find arguments to refute their tempters. Paul only prays for the faithful to be encouraged amid this temptation. You see, the trials of their souls allowed them to grow in their faith:  to love one another more closely, to believe more confidently, and to understand more deeply.” (Fr. Basil)


“Repeated indulgence may sear and deaden our healthy pangs of conscience (1 Tim 4:2), and yet, deep in the recesses of our hearts, the painful memories of sin remain. God in His mercy allows this after-pain of sin to encourage us not to do wrong again.” (Dynamis 9/23/2020)


“Here are a few things to know and always recall about temptation. First, the enemy hates us and will always tempt us, especially if we have a strong desire and heart for the Lord. We should expect temptations. We will be tempted in areas where we are weak and also in unexpected areas. Second, when we pray it is ok to pray for the temptation to be taken away, but more so for the strength and courage to endure the temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit. If the temptation doesn’t go away it doesn’t mean that God has abandoned us. It’s often quite the opposite. He wills for us to grow in faith and grow strong in Him and we do so through how we deal with temptations. We should simply praise God, stay prayerful, go to Church, absorb the scriptures, and use the tools the Lord has given us to fight the unseen enemy and remain in union with Him.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)


“And just as the Lord Jesus overcame all temptations because His sole intention was to do the will of the Father, so we are to accept the grace that is offered to us by the Holy Spirit in order that we can do likewise. Only with the Spirit’s help can we possibly master our passions, and only if we conquer our obsessions will we be free to offer ourselves as gifts of love to the loving God. It will require long and patient endurance of all the trials that come our way. Rather than expecting deliverance from the tests of life, we ought to welcome them as opportunities to see what we are made of, how well we meet the moment of examination, and what more needs to be achieved before we can feel we are victors over sin.” (Very Rev. John Breck)


“We should never flatter ourselves by thinking we’re too strong to be tempted…We should expect to be tested regularly by the enemy. Woe to us if we imagine we are immune to such temptations…Praise God continually with spiritual hymns and always remain in meditation and in this way you will be able to bear the burden of the temptations that come upon you.” (Life Application Study Bible, Deuteronomy 12:2-3; Dynamis 10/30/2020, St. Hyperechius of the Desert)


“From the Lord’s struggles in the wilderness, we learn that the venom of the enemy is aimed directly at those who delight in God. God allows us to become the devil’s special target, we might say, in the same way in which He gave His Son to the world (Jn 3:16). The members of the Church of Christ are hated by the evil one because we are “the apple of [God’s] eye” (Zec 2:12). When temptations come, let us remember that they provide evidence of God’s love.” (Dynamis 9/23/2020)


“The word usually rendered “temptation” in the Lord’s is peirasmos, often rendered as “trial”. It refers to a crisis which tests us, pushes us to the limit, a crisis in which we may fail the test and fall away from God. That was how the word is used in Luke 22:31, to describe Satan sifting Peter as thoroughly as wheat is sifted, by overwhelming him by a temptation to despair after his denial of Christ. That is how the word is used Revelation 3:10, to describe an hour of persecution and seduction that was coming upon the whole world…In the Lord’s Prayer, therefore, it seems that peirasmos refers to an hour of trial that comes upon us in the form of persecution. In this petition, we pray that we may withstand the assault.” (Fr. Lawrence Farley)


“God knows best what we can bear and what we cannot, and what He will or will not permit. He knows if we have the strength to fight a certain temptation. He permits a temptation to beset us in order that we might confront it with peace. Later, when the same kind of temptation comes upon us, it will go away because we will not participate in it or allow our thoughts to wallow in it.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)


“Yes, we, each of us, are sinners and strugglers, each with our own weaknesses. But by the same token, whatever the spiritual life is supposed to be, it can’t be meant only for those who are so perfect that they are beyond all temptation. Somehow, it is in the midst of our confusions, fears, distractions, temptations and habitual mistakes that we are meant to pursue that “one thing needful”: a living relationship with the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, and to love Him who is “the express image of the Father,” and who is also the one “upon whom the Spirit of the Father descends and remains…No other person can fill us with life as God does, and it is for Life that we were created.” (Timothy Patitsas)


“…the Lord will help you with His grace. Temptations are never stronger than grace.” (Elder Joseph the Hesychast)


“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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