Thursday, October 18, 2007

Temptation

Temptation is a funny thing. There are people who claim and rightly so that they are not tempted and so they are pure unlike so many others who fall into temptation. They also do not understand redemption because they have never needed it.

What a load of crap.

They did not fall into temptation simply because they removed themselves from the source of temptation. They did not embrace it and resist they simply avoided it and therefore had no struggle. They have never succumbed to the siren call of their carefully prepared list of temptations. 

They have never had to fight their way clear of temptations results with a deep understanding of the difficulty in ignoring that siren call afterwards. They also fail to have any empathy and compassion to those who struggle with or have survived temptation.

They have lost an opportunity for striving from the depth of despair without hope of success but striving never the less and finally winning their own personal struggle. Avoidance is simply no contest, no struggle.

Far better to have failed and to struggle finding the courage to go on no matter how hopeless it appears and winning through. We win a courageous spirit that is forged in the fires of adversity and a compassion for all those who struggle. Lessons of experience.

Your thoughts?

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4 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Spot-on Peter. I've been tempted so many times I've lost count. Some I failed at too. Anyone who says different are just fibbing. Excellent post Peter. Have a great weekend. :)

Peter Haslam said...

I still am Sandee such is life a struggle :)

Jennifer said...

Ahhh there are times I would like to be removed from all temptation.. but that means removing oneself from life!

:-)

It would be the easy way... not the courageous way!

Jen

Peter Haslam said...

Definitely Jen wisdom comes from struggle :)