There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common
     to man.

     — 1 Corinthians 10:13

The word “temptation” has come down in the world; we are apt to use
it wrongly. Temptation is not sin, it is the thing we are bound to
meet if we are men. Not to be tempted would be to be beneath
contempt. Many of us, however, suffer from temptations from which we
have no business to suffer, simply because we have refused to let God
lift us to a higher plane where we would face temptations of another

A man’s disposition on the inside, i.e., what he possesses in his
personality, determines what he is tempted by on the outside. The
temptation fits the nature of the one tempted, and reveals the
possibilities of the nature. Every man has the setting of his own
temptation, and the temptation will come along the line of the ruling

Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization of the highest
at which I aim – not towards what I understand as evil, but towards
what I understand as good. Temptation is something that completely
baffles me for a while, I do not know whether the thing is right or
wrong. Temptation yielded to is lust deified, and is a proof that it
was timidity that prevented the sin before.

Temptation is not something we may escape, it is essential to the
full-orbed life of a man. Beware lest you think you are tempted as no
one else is tempted; what you go through is the common inheritance of
the race, not something no one ever went through before. God does not
save us from temptations; He succours us in the midst of them (Heb.

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