We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
Why comes temptation but for man to meet And master and make crouch beneath his foot, And so be pedestaled in triumph?
Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
The Puritans left behind so full a record of what they thought and did that scholars cannot resist the temptation to make the most of it.
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
Those who believe in the importance of serving others should lead the way by fighting against the temptation we all have, and maybe especially as we age, to close in upon ourselves.
When one cannot appraise out of one’s own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.
God’s purpose in creation was to let us prove ourselves. The plan was explained to us in the spirit world before we were born. We were valiant enough there to qualify for the opportunity to choose against temptation here to prepare for eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.
Those who are faithful to God are protected and prospered. That comes as the result of serving God and keeping His commandments. But with those blessings comes the temptation to forget their source. It is easy to begin to feel the blessings were granted not by a loving God on whom we depend but by our own powers.