by RON NEWHOUSE
July 17, 2012
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12 NRSV)
emptation can really play havoc with our lives. There was a humorous "Cathy" cartoon strip sometime back. Cathy is struggling with her diet. See if this progression is familiar:
Frame 1: I will take a drive, but won't go near the grocery store.
Frame 2: I will drive by the grocery store, but will not go in.
Frame 3: I will go in the grocery store, but will not walk down the aisle where the candy is on sale.
Frame 4: I will look at the candy, but not pick it up.
Frame 5: I will pick it up, but not buy it.
Frame 6: I will buy it, but not open it.
Frame 7: Open it, but not smell it.
Frame 8: Smell it, but not taste it.
Frame 9: Taste it, but not eat it.
Frame 10: Eat, eat, eat, eat, eat!
There are temptations far worse than food, but it is true that some of us should probably not work in bakeries. It helps to know your own weaknesses. Still, Jesus tells us, God is greater. There is no temptation that can snatch us out of God's hand. And if we pray for help in the face of temptation, we can resist.
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