Thursday, September 21, 2006
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
I had never heard that scripture quite that way before (I've been reading a different version) and I realized that it wasn't wrong to feel tempted, but rather it was a strengthening of my faith every time I said "No!" Then it was encouraging, because rather than looking at the temptation as a negative, I was able to look at the strength I have through Christ - to say "no" - as a positive thing. Instead of viewing the temptation you face as a failing because the weakness of your flesh, rejoice in the strength of Christ that enables you to overcome the temptation.