Temptation

Don’t Slip on the Words of a Smooth Talker

Some people see a ring on the finger and they respect the boundary that it represents.

Some see a ring on the finger and they see as it a challenge.

To such a person the “game” begins with the end goal in sight: false flattery, ego inflation, and an up-tick in excitement which reaches a point of infatuation that ignores the obvious – righteousness and the cost.

Such is the danger of allowing our heart to slip on the words of a smooth talker that has no regard for our soul. EA

My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding, that you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell.” Proverbs 5:1-5

 

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The Compassion of the Christ

In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.” (Mark 8:1-3, NKJV)

Had Jesus ever gone hungry before? Absolutely; and for a lot longer than three days! (Matthew 4:1-4)

So Jesus could have said the crowd would be alright. It’s only three days. I’ve done it before, so they can too. They haven’t seen anything yet. Sure, Jesus could have said these things.

But that’s not what He said or did. He knew what it felt like to go for three days and beyond. He knew the pain and complications that could come with it. He knew how much further their journey was going to be. He had compassion.

The Compassionate High Priest of the world knows how it feels to be burdened, to be hurting, to be hungry, to be tempted and to be concerned.

Jesus knows how it feels to live life and He knows what kind of life we’re living – and He’s willing to show compassion despite any of it.

Now, how does our compassion look compared to His, and how can we better show His kind of compassion to others? EA

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:13-15, NKJV)

“I’m Tempted to…”

Have you ever caught yourself saying that you are tempted to do something? Be honest! Even if you have not said it I know you have thought it. Temptation is that tug at the sensual side we have. It can be unique to each of us but it can be very general to all of us (James 1:14, 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Some temptations are obvious while some have the tendency to sneak up on us. Some we see coming and others catch us by surprise. Some we know to stay away from and some refuse to stay away from us. I cannot say for certainty what tempts you personally, but I can with reasonable certainty think of something that tempts us all to one extent or another. Something God’s word talks about.

Giving into the temptation of getting even can be easy to do. Sometimes the temptation is to get even publicly because of embarrassment or sometimes privately because of pride. Sometimes we even want to get even on the behalf of others such as friends and family members. When we think “I’ll show them” we usually end up just showing our self!

Not retaliating takes spiritual discipline. A difficult discipline! A discipline we are called to emulate after the example of Jesus (1 Peter 2:17-23). Getting even goes beyond physical or even verbal retaliation; it can extend to the withholding of something that we have from someone who is in need.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)

Let us all be able to say that we are tempted to let it go…and actually mean it. EA