The Toughest Temptation

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Patiently encourage the one you love to do things the Lord’s way because His way is always best.

His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. (Job 2:9–10 niv)

One of Satan’s great tools is discouragement, for if the devil can get us discouraged, we will often turn from God. We can see this happening in the book of Job; the devil attacked Job with catastrophe after catastrophe. There seemed to be no hope of any relief. So, what advice did he get from his wife? She said, “Curse God and die!”

Never forget, the toughest temptations we face will often come through people who love us the most. That’s because these people don’t want us hurt. So they will urge us to take the easy way out. The devil knows this and enjoys using those who love us. That’s how he got to Adam. Jesus experienced this when Peter urged Him not to talk about going to the cross. But He knew the source of Peter’s thinking and responded angrily, “Get out of here, Satan” (Matthew 4:10 nlt).

That’s why Christian spouses and friends have an incredibly important responsibility. Don’t be an unwitting pawn of the evil one. Become your loved one’s encourager in his or her difficult struggle. Patiently encourage the one you love to do things the Lord’s way—even when it’s the hard way—because His way is always best.

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