but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. – James 1:14 (NIV)
Each of us faces temptation. The interesting thing about temptation is how easy it is to say no to some temptations, but not to others. For example, it’s easy for me to say no to stealing, but I struggle with lying. Another person may struggle sexually but have no desire to gossip. Each of us is tempted in different ways.
It’s easy to see a person struggling with temptation and begin to judge them. The truth is, however, we are all tempted. We might not always be tempted in ways that are visible to others, but we are all tempted to sin.
So when we see others sinning, it’s good to remember to not become critical of that person. We all mess up, we all sin and we all make stupid decisions. That’s just part of life and not being perfect. When we see others facing temptation, we should look for ways to encourage them or help them.
Recently, I was facing a situation where I was being tempted and a good friend began to hold me accountable. It made all the difference in the world. I was asking God for help and He put someone in my life to help me.
So if you’re struggling with temptation today, don’t be discouraged. Ask God to send someone to help you or a scripture to encourage you. If you’re not facing temptation, ask God to show you ways you can help someone who is struggling.