Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Smith: temptation is not sin

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
    Commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
    —Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)
    Temptation ... cannot be sin; and the truth is, it is no more a sin to hear these whispers and suggestions of Satan in our souls, than it is for us to hear the swearing or wicked talk of bad men as we pass along the street. The sin only comes in either case by our stopping and joining in with them.
    ... Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, London: F. E. Longley, 1876, p. 139 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep me strong while in temptation.
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