Resisting Temptation

Friday, March 24, 2017

Key Bible Verse: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (Romans 5:3)

Dig Deeper: 

On day one, the idea that the new path would ever become the path of least resistance is difficult, if not impossible, to envision. But it’s a simple application of all human behaviour change: small changes at a time, sustained over time, lead to real transformation. When sustained beyond the tipping point, it leads to temptation-resistant transformation.

Notice I didn’t say temptation-proof transformation. That won’t happen this side of heaven, I’m afraid. But that’s okay. Participation with God in our sanctification is real change, and that’s better any day over staying miserably stuck.

If we had a migraine headache that registered a 9.5 out of 10, would we really scoff at an intervention that reduces it to a 5 or 6? Sure, we’d much prefer to have the headache gone. But anything we can do to make it more manageable empowers us to not live distracted by the migraine.

Similarly, anything we can do to become more resistant to sexual temptation empowers us to more effectively live out our God-honouring values and more easily ignore temptations and impulses.

– Michael Todd Wilson in Unburdened

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