Testing and Temptation
In the Bible we read stories in both the Old and New Testaments about Godly men and women going through trials, tests and temptations of various sorts. The end result of these experiences runs from disobedience and sin, to extreme suffering and even death. They have as a common thread obedience or disobedience to the Lord. Should our response then be the same, regardless of whether we are experiencing a trial, test or a temptation? Put another way, do we need to distinguish between these or just simply walk through the experience by being obedient to the Lord? Trials, testing and temptation are quite similar in some respects - in effect, different sides of the same coin. However, there are profound differences between them in the source, purpose and especially, the objective or (desired) end result. Moreover, our response to one of them often determines our ultimate relationship with the Lord.
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