Temptation

James 1:12-16  (NRSV)
12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. 14 But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; 15 then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved.

Desire is the seeds of temptation that get sown in the seedbeds of our souls. Curbing one’s appetite for things beyond one’s needs is a spiritual discipline. The desire for a closer walk with God weeds out the seeds of temptation making more room for the tender spouts of God’s love to be sown and cultivated within us.

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