Jesus Was Tempted

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 HCSB

Everyone is tempted in some way. Some are tempted to lie. Some are tempted to cheat. Others are tempted to steal. Husbands and wives are tempted to be unfaithful. Businessmen are tempted to be dishonest to get a sale or a promotion. Some are tempted to view inappropriate things on the internet. Temptation is no respecter of persons or position.

This Scripture reminds us that Jesus was tempted in every way just as we are, but He did not give in to the temptation and sin. To be tempted is not a sin, but to give in to the temptation and act upon it is a sin. Jesus understands our temptations and sympathizes with us. He understands when we fail and sin.

Challenge: Make a list of the areas in which you are tempted. Look over the list and understand that Jesus has been tempted in the same way you have been tempted. As you face temptation, ask Jesus to give you the strength to resist the temptation and do what is right. 1 Corinthians 10:13 promises that we will not be tempted beyond our strength and God will provide a way for us to escape the temptation.

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