Temptations

It's another Sunday, and another few weeks to Easter. Time Flies... Too fast!

Yesterday, I went with my mum to attend this session of a programme conducted by the Little Rock Bible Ministry known as 'Walking Towards Eternity' the session that day was about 'Managing your appetites', and several readings were mentioned. Sorry if no songs came to mind though.

These are the readings which I picked out from the session's video screening:

Matthew 4: 2-4:
2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ 4But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 


Matthew 19: 16-22

The Rich Young Man

Then someone came to him and said, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said to him, ‘Which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honour your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these; what do I still lack?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

2 Corinthians 11: 3
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Timothy 1: 6-7
For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

1 John 2: 15-17
 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live for ever.

The video and the readings are mainly about temptation, which brings me back to 2 things. 

Firstly, it is the beginning of Lent, where our 'objective' (if we had any XD) was to repent, reflect and fast from our worldly desires in preparation for Lent. 3 customs that we are encouraged to follow are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbour).

However, because of sin, we are always unable to fulfill these tasks, which brings me to type of the Seven capital sins, which are:
1. Lust
2. Greed
3. Gluttony
4. Envy
5. Anger
6. Pride
7. Sloth

On the other hand, we can still combat them, by the Seven Capital Virtues, which in this case are:
1. Chastity - Overcomes Lust
2. Liberality (Generosity) - Overcomes Greed
3. Temperance - Overcomes Gluttony
4. Brotherly or Sisterly Love - Overcomes Envy
5. Meekness - Overcomes Anger
6. Humility - Overcomes Pride
7. Diligence - Overcomes Sloth

The readings above show explanations or examples of the Seven Deadly Sins, and Paul's Letters, Letters of Saint John and the Parable give us an explanation and helps us reflect on what we are doing now, and whether this is accurate. Just like our first parents, Adam and Eve, they fell for the serpent's temptation, which I think, involves Greed and Gluttony. Jesus in his time, resisted the temptation in the desert, but when he met the rich young man, the man was not able to give his possessions away. He couldn't! Due to Greed, and Pride.

The Stories and Parables give an example of a few of the sins. The Letters, however, provide an explanation and the link back. This allows me to try to remain devoted to Christ.


Phew... I have no idea what to say now. Typed a lot, exhausted bits of my mind!!! See all of you soon, and have a nice day!

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