So this week I have been studying 1 Corinthians. I really enjoy this book in the scriptures because it is easy to understand and has real world advice that I can apply to my life now.
I wanted to sort of highlight two of my favorite chapters in this book and talk about them a little more, just because 🙂
1 Corinthians 10
I love this chapter!! It opens with talking about how we should not be ignorant, and as I interpreted it, just going through the motions. We all follow the same God, do the same things, but Heavenly Father with us is “not well pleased” (10:5). This struck me because in my personal life I have really struggled lately with going through the motions. I mean, come on. I shouldn’t because I have every opportunity NOT to. I’m in a religion class, going to a private church college, a return missionary and have every opportunity to get closer to Christ on a WAY more personal level. But for some reason, I find it hard.
For some reason, I let work, school, friendships, a boyfriend, and any other distraction (*cough cough Facebook cough cough*) get in the way of my spiritual life. And that is what hit me when I read the beginning of this chapter.
But the verse I want to focus on is 13. This verse is one of my favorites right now. It says: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I think when I was in seminary, this was a scripture mastery verse? Not sure! Either way, kind of as I was saying earlier, this goes along with me going through the motions. Because I believe Satan is pretty dang good at what he does. When we are just going through the motions of life, I believe it is easy for him to slip in the cracks and tempt us. I know that’s been true for me. In October 2010, President Monson gave a talk called the Three Rs of Choice. I really encourage you to read it. The gist of his talk is that we have the right and responsibility of our choices, but we also have to face the results of them, good or bad. One quote I love says: “No temptation, no pressure, no enticing can overcome us unless we allow such. If we make the wrong choice, we have no one to blame but ourselves.”
President Monson hit it right on the head. Heavenly Father did not put us on this earth with temptations that we are not strong enough to resist. Why would he?? What’s the point in putting us in a situation we can’t resist failing in, and then punish us for failing? I think he loves us more than that.
1 Corinthians 6
These verses are harsh, but so true in today’s world.
Along with the above verses, these are little more direct. I’m not here to point fingers, and I don’t want to publicize my sins either. But I know that I, as well as everyone else, am not immune to temptations of this kind. I guess that’s sort of my theme lately; fleeing fornication.
Like I said, Satan is VERY good at what he does. He’s had thousands of years of practice!! And he sure knows how to get me to fall. But Heavenly Father has given us the tools we need to keep going. To stay strong!! Even if Satan has his tentacles around me, pulling me in like that creepy Kraken on Pirates of the Caribbean, I will try my hardest to get out of his grip. In fact, even better, I will try to stay out of the water!!! That way he can’t even get to me.
I’d like to finish this post by saying one thing. Whether our temptations be of the carnal, sexual kind, or of another nature, we all face them. It isn’t a sin to be tempted. Our Lord and Savior himself was tempted by the Devil. The sin comes when we give in. And that is where we must choose to be strong and courageous. Like one of my EFY themes years ago, we need to stand steady and sure so we can resist the wind, waves, and the Kraken that are coming for us.