We love to dwell on the Fruits of the Spirit, but we tend to avoid reading about the sins Paul mentions just a few verses earlier. These “big” temptations are real and ugly, even for Christians, and they can sometimes develop from what we consider “small” temptations such as gossip or resentment. Fortunately, our God is stronger than we are and able to overcome even the worst temptations.
Questions for further thought:
1. Are you currently wrestling with any of the “major” temptations of this world?
2. Are there any smaller temptations in your life that you could envision developing into something worse?
Challenge: Pray for self-control in the face of temptations big and small this week, and not only for yourself but for those around you and their own struggles.
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