Last post we looked at the two biggest delusions about temptation. Let’s explore the first one: that temptation come from the external, your surroundings.
In actuality, the cause for any temptation you experience comes from your inward desire. The outward object is the occasion for your temptation, but it isn’t the cause. That cause came from your own mind. If you purify those desires, the temptation disappears.
When you purify your thoughts, things that used to tempt you become dead and lifeless. When that desire is removed from your heart, the outside object no longer holds any allure. For example, the honest person cannot be tempted to steal, no matter how lucrative the opportunity.
The problem many people face is they work on the outward objects, but fail to address the inner cause. Once you work on this, gluttony, addiction, infidelity or other temptations fall away.
I’m not saying it’s easy! But I am saying that is how it’s done. Please share your thoughts on this. And on the next post, we’ll look deeper at delusion number two…