One of the realities we cannot escape in the fight for purity and freedom is this: it requires perseverance.
We will face temptation, at times it will be very strong. We must persevere.
We will always face temptation and it’s crucial to remember that not only is temptation not a sin, being tempted does not mean failure in the battle for purity and freedom.
James 1:12 says:
12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,(A) because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life(B) that God has promised to those who love him.(C)
The question will always be: “How did we respond to the trial; to the temptation?”
This is why developing a warrior mindset is so important. Warriors train for battle and learn to press on despite adversity. Likewise, athletes. Consider Warriors and Runners.
In fact, it is the trials, and specifically persevering through them, that God uses to make us His men.
James 1:2-4 says:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,(F) 3 because you know that the testing of your faith(G) develops perseverance.(H) 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature(I) and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,(J) who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
As we walk through the fire of temptation and related trials, choosing purity and freedom, we grow as men into what we truly long to be.
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