Temptation (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 101)
James 1:12 (NLT)
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
We all are tempted at some point in our lives. It is a part of the human experience and a part of the believers’ experience. Many Christians falsely believe that temptation is bad and should be avoided. However, temptation in and of itself is not bad. It is an opportunity for us to develop and grow.
Temptation is a necessary part of the journey toward spiritual maturity. If we never were tempted, we would never be able to exercise the power we have to choose between good and bad. The devil often tries to get us to feel guilty and shameful about temptation but we should not give in to his words and thoughts he sends to our minds.
God aims to use temptation in our lives to develop us and make us more like Him. Every time we acknowledge temptation, recognize its presence, and choose to do what is right instead of what is wrong, we are growing and developing to be more like Christ. When we become more like Christ, we embrace the fruit of the Spirit and allow God to work within us to make us stronger.
God develops us and grows us by allowing us to experience temptation. Character does not just happen. It is a choice. It involves our will and our reliance upon God to make the right decisions. As believers, it is impossible to avoid temptation, but it is possible not to yield to it. Some of the greatest lessons we will ever learn are on the other side of the choices we make when we are faced with temptation.
“Every temptation is an opportunity to do good.”
— Rick Warren