Temptations Are An Opportunity For Men To Align Their Mind With Their Conscience (Proverbs 1:10)
- November 4, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Social Media
“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.”Proverbs 1:10
Few people would admit they are susceptible to temptation. To be “enticed” is to be given an opportunity to fulfill owns own desires against their own conscience. Our consciences are a gift from God, written into our hearts from birth to help us discern complex morality without full knowledge or intelligence.
The natural law written into the hearts of men allows them to navigate complex moral issues. Men are fallen creatures, we do not possess perfect discernment of our conscience. It is unfortunate many do not give themselves the same amount of grace God gives them as they navigate temptation.
Temptations are an opportunity for men to align their minds to their conscience. They are an opportunity to resist what one’s sinful nature wants and give power to the mind over the body. This act of discipline prepares the individual for battle against all of the temptations that can eventually lead to destruction.
“Do not think of giving into enticements or temptations as a complete and utter failure. Ones mind must be constantly renewed through the fires of their conscience and awareness of the law. One must “do the best one can” and then “accept the grace Christ has given them” upon each failure.”
Do not think of giving into enticements or temptations as a complete and utter failure. Ones mind must be constantly renewed through the fires of their conscience and awareness of the law. One must “do the best one can” and then “accept the grace Christ has given them” upon each failure.
Repentance is the act of “turning away” from sin. This practice of turning away takes time, and as one heads back down the sinful path they spent years traveling, it’s not unusual to expect them to get lost a few times on their way back. The most important thing is that one is “heading in the right direction”
Praise God that he gave us Jesus Christ to cleans us of all sins: past, present, and future. Without this grace, one would give up before they repent. “What’s the point”, they would say, “I’m damned if I’m not perfect anyway.” Any they would be justified in their frustrations. Christ is the key to a happy life on the road to redemption.