Sin is a peculiar reality because we hate it, yet desire leads us to do it anyways. Paul in Romans 7:19 states: “For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” Sins lay chains upon us, so it takes more than a choice to cast them from us – they must be broken.
The temptation of Jesus
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'”
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Posted by Fr. James Mason:
St. Paul’s exhortation to the Thessalonians gives us a good start on the topic of discernment. (Rd 1 Thess. 5:16-21). The word test is the New Testament word for discernment. We are told to let the spirit do its work and not to extinguish it. Accept the outpouring of the spirit, but test all things and hold fast to that which is good. G.K. Chesterton once said that an open mind is like an open mouth, if the mouth does not close on food it will starve the body and if our mind does not close on the truth we will starve our soul. There are many starving souls in the world today under the name of tolerance and having an open mind. It was Abraham Lincoln who said there can be no tolerance of an evil. This is what St. Paul is talking about we must learn to lock onto and close our minds on the truth when we find it.