Friday, May 18, 2007

Resisting temptation

First Corinthians 10:13 has got to be one of the most comforting and challenging passages in the New Testament: "No temptation has overtaken you but one common to mankind. But God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted above your ability, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." The good news of that passage is that, even when we're tempted, Christians don't have to sin. The hard news is that although God gives us a way out, he leaves it up to us to take it. We still have a part to play, and there's no getting around the hard work of actually resisting the allure of temptation.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley