9/26/2017 James 1.13-18


       where does temptaion come from?  ...James answered that question by saying that temptation comes from within us, from our own desires... 


      If we recognize that temptations come from within us, then we are responsible. If we think temptations come from something outside of ourselves, from other people, from God, from the devil, then we are incorrectly shifting the blame... and we are not assuming what is rightly our responsibility.


      If we think temptation does not come from within, then how do we account for the fact that alcohol is a great temptation to some people and has zero attraction on others? Or in like manner pornography is a great temptation for some and is zero temptation for others, or in like manner chocolate, or anger, or backbiting, or gossiping, or being green with envy, or lust, or greed, or...? The issue does not lie in the temptation - the issue lies within you and within me...


      Next week we will begin with James 1.19 as he tells us we ought to "be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."  How is that working for you? Especially in your FB posts? Or in your participation in the discussions about the kneeling or not kneeling by NFL teams? Or your last argument with _____ (fill in the blank)____?


      Recently read: "Peace starts with a smile."