No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it’ (1Cor 10:13; NKJ)
Temptation if not sin, but failure to find the door of escape in the midst of temptation, that is sin!
‘For we do not have …a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are –yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’ (Heb 4:15, 16; NIV) Our Lord was tempted but He did not sin.
Jesus knows all about temptation and its power. As a man He endured all temptations. He resisted all types of attacks that can possibly come to men. He also understands our weaknesses and He ‘sympathizes’ with our struggles to overcome sin. He is not just our Savior but our Comforter in the middle of temptations. Let this be a constant source of strength: as a child of God I can never be alone. Even when I feel alone, I should not trust my feelings but I should trust Him who promised: ‘I will never leave you, never forsake you…’ (Heb 13:5).As we have seen, temptation is not sin but failure to find the exit thru the door of escape – that will be counted as sin. It is our responsibility to meditate and pray for understanding, for the wisdom to apply this promise in our lives. There is great rejoicing in finding the way of escape. Many tears of guilt can be avoided if we just obey the Word!