By yielding to temptation, you hurt yourself and God

02/18/2014 8:16 PM

02/18/2014 8:16 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I suppose you’ve heard the old saying that “I can resist everything but temptation.” Well, that’s certainly true of me. Any suggestions? — M.H.

DEAR M.H.:

You’ve taken the first step by admitting that you’re weak and simply can’t resist temptation on your own.

Don’t look on God as a harsh, cruel tyrant, gleefully waiting to punish you when you do wrong. See him instead as your loving heavenly father, who loves you so much that he sent his son into the world to give his life for you. Then realize that when you give in to temptation, you’ll be hurting your loving heavenly father — as well as yourself.

Begin by turning to Christ and asking him to forgive your sins and come into your life. Then every morning, commit that day to God, and ask him to help you turn your back on temptation and live instead for Christ. Temptations will come, but “God is faithful. 

He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

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