Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! Matthew 18:7
Did you ever stop to think about ways you may be tempting others to sin?
The first thing that pops to my mind is gossip. Every time we gossip we present a temptation to the other person to also sin. Gossip takes two. Sisters, let me encourage us all not to start it, and not to participate in it.
Sexual immorality – flirting or entering into a relationship other than with your spouse or if you are single with a person who is married or if you are both single being involved in intimate relations intended by God to be enjoyed only within marriage. Are you tempting the other person to sin?
How about your attire? To the best of your knowledge is there any way that your clothing creates a temptation for men? Not sure? Pray for God’s wisdom, ask a wise, discerning and honest friend.
Perhaps you have not considered this but tempting a person to overeat or over indulge is still presenting a temptation. In my experience – other people can be an enemy of careful, disciplined eating. “Come on just have a piece of pie. What will one piece hurt?”
Perhaps you can think of other ways you may tempt others to sin. I’m sure if I spent more time I would come up with a good sized list. I am going to be more aware of this admonition of Jesus “woe to the one by whom the temptation comes.”
LORD, make me aware of ANY way that I bring temptation to others.
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane Hunr and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a Biblical Counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.