February 26, 2012 by bobet888
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
– Mark 1 : 12 – 14
|February 26, 2012 Bible Reading and Gospel|
Temptation plays an important role in the plan of redemption. It helps us define ourselves: either by directing our lives toward God through embracing grace or by embracing of self.
Every time temptation rears its head —in its multiform fashions— we reach a defining point. Human liberty is always free to accept or reject temptation and how we decide determines the character of the human person. Hanging in the balance between good and evil at every moment, we have the choice to become a saint or a criminal.
A repeated choice for a good decision makes a habit of good. Many good habits build a good character. A good character, open to God’s grace, is holiness.
Lord Jesus, I always want to choose you, but I know that I am weak. Please give me strength in my hour of temptation. Please keep me steady, and inflame fire in my heart with love so that I choose you and your ways even though it’s costly. May the temptations I overcome became the stepping-stones to a holy life.