How do you resist or escape temptation?
We are all human and are tempted each day. We can be tempted by our cravings for those certain foods we really should not eat, shopping too much or sometimes easily drawn into gossiping when we know we should not and then there are the more serious issues of temptations which can all certainly lead us down the wrong path. When you are faced with something that temps you, how do you resist it or escape it? Thank you for answering.
im weak, I always fall to temptation... Temptation lies to me.. it builds me up then lets me down.. hey wasn't there a song like this?
Great question. Temptation is all around us. When I feel tempted, I quickly ask Jesus to help me and give me strength. Then I change my focus and put it onto something else.
Temptation is always about "short sighted" thinking. It's about what we want in (that) moment. All that matters to us is "now".
Having said that all of us fall off the wagon and do "impulsive" things from time to time. After all none of us are robots. A lot of dieticians for example encourage dieters to have one "treat day" during the course of a week. Allowing yourself to indulge from time to time keeps you from completely giving up after having a single one relapse of imperfection in pursuit of your goals. Treat days are in your plan!
When it comes to potentially cheating and betrayal in relationships you have to imagine how you'd feel if your mate did it. Anything you place a high value on isn't worth losing for an instant gratification.
I always remember the following quote:
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions” – Stephen R. Covey
Wow, dashingscorpio, you have provided great insight here as to the human condition! I do allow myself one treat day on my diet for that very reason. So true as to anything we place high value on for sure! Great quote, and perfect for this question
When I am tempted, I try to distract myself or busy myself so I am not thinking of the thing tempting me. When it comes to chocolate, I just give in with one piece of chocolate and then I don't crave it or binge on it. I find, if I just allow myself a taste that usually stops the temptation for more.
For more serious temptations such as of the of the soul, prayer helps a lot. For temptations of the flesh, a cold shower helps. LOL! And prayer!
Hi Suzzette, oh, me too, on the chocolate. Prayer is truly the only thing that helps me with those serious temptations and crying out to the Lord! Hahaha on the cold shower ... that is actually a great solution LOL I appreciate your great answers.
GOD always gives us a way out of temptation, we just need to be willing to resist it. if i am tempted into doing something i know my GOD does not approve of, i go to HIM in prayer, and spend time meditating on HIS Word. works every time.
Everything with moderation is good. Food is delicious. I snack to stop the desire of any delicious food. With other temptation, I know too much of what ever it is. It is no good for me. I do not even try it, or I do not do it. It is good to have discipline. It is good to think about the future. What things or actions are leading us.
Resist? Escape? I do neither...I give in to temptation, but I do recognize my limitations before I proceed. If I'm going to treat myself to a sweet dessert, I will work out a bit more than usual. I rarely allow myself to go without chocolate, life is too short!
Haha ... Yes, why resist ... in the area of sweet desserts! Chocolate is my number one hard to resist too, and so I don't resist that craving. Life is too short to miss out on chocolate. You have your plan down that works. Thank you for sharing!
I fall back on our Sacraments. Consume, drink, and confess to Him to complete the battle.
Temptations are sometimes very difficult to resist. Just like eating a particular sweet dish or anything. I take a half or quarter piece of it to satisfy myself while others consume a half box of sweets in a day.
Regarding other things, I do not have any bad habits except that I used to be tempting towards my wife when she was not in a mood. That was the only bad temptation which I had to resist my self at occasions.
Can't resist mosty. Food is my weakest point. I can't resist cakes, sweets.
Thanks Kevin. For most if a temptation is a strong one, it is not that easy, but I am glad it is easy for you to do so. Blessings
I always wanted to go my own way instead of "follow the leader", like joining groups or gangs. I never played games like follow the leader.
Wow, Kevin, thank you for sharing that, as peer pressure or whatever pressure such as you describe is a great temptation as relates to the desire to be accepted. I am so happy you remained true to your conviction to remain true to yourself!
You are welcome Faith. Have a nice day!
You're welcome, Kevin. Going your own way is the best way to go indeed! God bless. Hugs
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