Knowing what temptation means

C.S. Lewis once said: ‘A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is . . . A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That’s why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They’ve lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Jesus, because He was the only person who never yielded to temptation, is also the only one who knows to the full what temptation means.’
He is also the only one who can who can help us when we are tempted and forgive us when fail. ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ he says; ‘Go, (and with my help) and sin no more.’

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