A Haiku - Temptation
A Haiku - Temptation
A way has been prepared,
free of consequence.
Life is full of "bumps in the road" temptations....
All are subject to temptation in this life....
"....God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
Paul started that verse by writing that "....temptation is common to man."
The story has been told of the wife who, against the advice of her husband, came home from shopping with a new and expensive dress, offering the excuse, "The devil made me do it." The husband immediately said that she should do as the Bible suggests and say, "Get behind me Satan." The wife is said to have replied that she did that, but Satan said, "Looks good from back here, too!"
Christians by and large acknowledge that there is an adversary who seeks to lead men and women, even boys and girls, astray by tempting them into sinful choices and acts. He does so that we might be made as miserable as he is, he who was cast down to Earth from Heaven.
Paul argues that there are many temptations Christians should be aware of and avoid, and that there are no temptations we must give in to.
Because Christians are free to choose right or wrong, no choice is denied to us, but we are also instructed to choose wisely, and not for our own selfish gain, but to make the choices which will ultimately be for the best benefit of others.
A little boy (and it could as easily have been a little girl) was heard to say: "I want what I want when I want it."
We are all the same in terms of our natural desires, all selfish, proud, envious, easily offended, jealous, and judgmental.
The Bible tells us that the natural man (and woman) is an enemy of God. The adversary wants to keep it that way, while the Son of God urges and teaches us to put off the old man and put on the new man; to be even as he is, was, and forever will be.
To do just that, we have to be constantly at war with ourselves, until we confirm for ourselves that life is easier and better his way, until we live for eternity and not just for here and now, and immediate gratification.
That is not natural for us, but it is important to our eternal destiny.
To accomplish that we have been given what I call "training wheels." Scriptures with the fullness of the gospel, the promptings of the Holy Ghost, prayer, and the ability to meditate.
For practice with our "training wheels" we need to read the scriptures, listen to the promptings, communicate with God in our prayers, and meditate on our goals and progress.
Doing so will lessen the temptation to blame others for our own shortcomings, and strengthen our ability to resist the other temptations which might cause us to have to pay the consequences that are sure to come from making wrong, "tempting" choices.
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The way back is True Repentance
- A Haiku - Repentance
To err is human. To forgive is divine. To repent is better done sooner than late. We all make mistakes, after all we are human, but when we do make a mistake we show our character by what we do next.