In life, the little things done well are often some of the most beautiful things. It’s the little things that make a huge difference. It’s little things. A nice hello. A warm smile. A handshake. Kind words to a stranger. These little, small acts of grace, they make all the difference.
Little things are big things.
But, it’s not just in “good” areas that little things matter. It’s in “bad” areas as well. Areas like sin and temptation. Listen to what James tell us today in James 1: 12-15:
12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13No one, when tempted, should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. 14But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; 15then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.
James tells us to endure temptation. Know that temptation gives birth to sin, and sin, when fully grown, gives birth to death. I think that is the key when it comes to fighting against temptation.
We have to see temptation for what it truly is. Temptation is a lie. It is a lie.
Temptation promises us something good and fun. Hey, do this! Give into this! Here you, this will be fun!
But in the end, it leads to our destruction. Temptation promises short term pleasure but results in long-term death.
For me, one of the ways that I strive to battle against temptation is that fact. I try to see it for what it is. It is a lie. Always remember that. Temptation is a lie. If you can see if for what it is, you won’t be fooled by or tricked by it.
You can unmask it. You can stand against it. You won’t be fooled by it. That’s how we fight it. To see it for what is really is.
Always, always, always remember that. Remember what temptation is. It is a lie.
When we know that, we are more able to resist. Always remember, temptation is a lie.