1st Sunday in Lent    

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Read Matthew 4:1-11

Temptation—it is a very real aspect of our world. It’s something we cannot avoid. In an old Bible dictionary, I researched the word “temptation.” It provided two dimensions of what temptation is in our daily living. First, it said that temptation “signifies an attempt to entice into evil.” In other words, to trick into wrong. However, a second dimension was “a testing which aims at spiritual good.” In other words, you can come out stronger than you were before the temptation. It’s like James, wrote, “whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2, NRSV).

Temptation – it cannot be avoided, but if taken with the right attitude and awareness, it need not destroy us, but rather can create a stronger follower of the Lord Jesus. Temptation is essential for our spiritual development. Out of the struggle grows character and commitment.

Lord Jesus, give me the strength to get through the fight.

Cletus Hull

Trinity United Church, Lower Burrell, PA