It never lets me down
One foot in the ground
You satisfy my soul
I’ve lost all control
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And he [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!”
Luke 17:1 (ESV)
To think that you will never get caught in a trap of temptation is quite ignorant. It’s impossible to avoid. Like the lyrics above, temptation never lets you down. If you allow the lure of temptation to temporarily satisfy your soul, you really will lose all control.
But this verse isn’t just about being tempted. It’s also about being the one who tempts. It’s about holding those around us accountable and it’s about allowing ourselves to be held accountable.
It’s not an easy role to be the one who rebukes those who have fallen to temptation. And it’s not an easy role to be the one being rebuked. But when we work together as the Church was intended to work, there is forgiveness found in the rebuke.
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying “I repent,” you must forgive him.
Luke 17:3-4 (ESV)
If we submit to God and submit to each other, the sweet embrace of temptation may not become any less attractive, but at the very least, easier to resist.
Therefore submit to God.Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 (NKJV)
Daily Bible reading: 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 17:1-19