Don’t Let Worldly Temptations Lead to Sorrow


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“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting. So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” Matthew 18:7-9 (NLT)

Lead me not into temptation; I can find it myself! Ever heard that one? Yes, it is good for a laugh, but sadly all too true. Even trying to find the right path and stay on the road of righteousness on a daily basis when surrounded with worldly temptations is hard enough without “well meaning” friends trying to “help.” You will find nearly everyone will experience peer pressure on some level.

WHO IS UNDER PEER PRESSURE?

You may think of teens, or more broadly, school kids, when you think of peer pressure, and worldly temptations, but it’s not for them alone. How about the single Christian man whose work buddies keep inviting him out for a drink after work? If that’s you, hopefully, they know you are a Christian, but if they don’t, that’s another problem to address. Of course you could bring that up at the outset, “Hey, I’m a Christian and my personal conviction is not to drink.” So then the pressure can go another way. They can ridicule you or kid you about being a “saint” or even calling you a hypocrite or a Bible thumper even though you said it’s your personal conviction.

So, let’s assume they know your religious beliefs, but they keep trying to lure you into worldly temptations. There are two ways to go. It is perfectly true that a Christian can go into a bar and not drink alcohol, but this is a huge danger zone for many reasons. Number one; there is a lot that goes on in some bars besides drinking, namely people looking to pick someone up. No, you won’t do that either, but have you heard it said that bad company corrupts good morals? There is a reason that saying is around because it’s true. When you are tempted, turn to God right away because the Bible promises He will make a way of escape.

TURN BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

Starting down the road of worldly temptations is a very slippery slope and can very well end in disaster. Exposure to these situations makes it that much more likely that you will wind up doing something you wish you hadn’t. This is where the second part of the verse comes in:

So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet.

Call on the Holy Spirit when you are weak. Read your Bible daily and pray. If you find yourself led into a situation through worldly temptations you never intended to be in, keeping company with people who enable you to sin rather than help you to be strong and resist temptation, cut off those relationships – metaphorically cut them off completely just as the text says to physically cut off a body part.

These are the times that Christians need some accountability for their own sake. If you are committed to that type of Christian relationship it can pull you out of any pit. Having an accountability partner can give you a safe place to land, a place to go and admit your faults so that you can begin to get back on track with the support you need. Praying with someone else is powerful because prayer changes things.

So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. James 5:16 (NIV)

JUSTIFIED

What if you think you can handle yourself? What you’re doing is not that bad, really. Of course, some strict Christians would object but you’ve seen others do a lot worse. Now you are on an even more slippery slope because you are rejecting biblical wisdom.

“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.

When you start standing out, you want to blend in, so that your problem is not so noticeable. How do you blend in? A crowd, of course. So you start looking for someone to recruit into worldly temptations. Perhaps you are friendly with some other young single guys in your church. You can buddy up to those guys for camouflage. Or invite some along on a night out. I am in no way saying anyone is purposefully consciously luring someone else into sin. All I’m saying is that if other people are doing it too, you don’t look so bad, at least in your eyes. Just keep in mind what Jesus said.

“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting. So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” Matthew 18:7-9 (NLT)

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