Posted Jan 13, 2020 | Share this:

“For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.”  Proverbs 5:3-4

Temptation is an urge or alluring of something desired.  Is it good or bad?  In proverbs, the author is referring to being tempted by adultery; like in the case of King David and Bathsheba.  King David saw a beautiful woman bathing and had to have her, even though she was married to Uriah. 

In my experience, I have yet to find a temptation that was good.  Think about it a minute, Chocolate….good but what happens to your body because of the chocolate…bad.  I guess to me even though the desire could be a good one, to be tempted is to be seduced into wanting something you know you should not have or a portion that is in excess. 

I didn’t think it was possible to be tempted to do something that is genuinely good because if it was I believed I would have just done it. However, when I was younger I didn’t understand that you could be tempted to do God’s Will such as running into McDonald’s to purchase a meal for a homeless person or helping an elderly person or mother with kids load their groceries into the car. When I was younger I only saw the temptations that lead to negative behaviors and chose not to notice the positive temptations. Now I seek out ways to be tempted for the Lord and steer clear of anything I know that will tempt me to do old sinful habits.

Open you eyes to the possibility of seeing a way to be tempted for God’s purposes.

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