Matthew 18:7 (Listen)
Temptations to Sin
7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin!1 For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!
Genesis 3:5–6 (Listen)
5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,1 she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
1 John 2:16 (Listen)
16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life1—is not from the Father but is from the world.
Hymn: TLH 144, st. 2,3 :
Jesus, Grant that Balm and Hearing
2. Should some lust or sharp temptation
Prove too strong for flesh and blood,
Let me think upon Thy Passion,
And the breach is soon made good.
Or should Satan press me hard,
Let me then be on my guard,
Saying, “Christ for me was wounded,”
That the Tempter flee confounded.
3. If the world my heart entices
On the broad and easy road
With its mirth and luring voices,
Let me think upon the load
Thou didst carry and endure
That I flee all thoughts impure,
Banishing each wild emotion,
Calm and blest in my devotion.