SHE doesn't play with fire
Can someone be pyrophobic if they love candles and fireplaces?
I, for one, will avoid lighting a match or lighter, but once the fire is lit, I don’t mind standing next to it.
On my sleep sound app, I have the crackling of fire starred as a favorite. I love bonfires.And dark rooms with fireplaces give me all the warm feels. Literally.
I guess ready-to-go fires are my thing. Once they’re started, it makes it a lot easier to get close.
Temptation is no different.
“but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death”
Our sin starts in the form of temptation. Usually lit by some external thing, person, or thought. Once ablaze, the fire tempts anyone looking for comfort or any form of light to get closer.
The phrase, “Don’t play with fire.” Is a practical reminder in many ways. Spiritually, it reminds us that while fire can be enticing and comforting from a distance, it still doesn’t take away it’s ability to do tremendous harm.
So often, we tolerate lit fires in our lives that tempt us with false sense of warmth...
Relationships with people we have no business dating.
Binge watching shows because sometimes that’s easier than talking to people.
Objects of instant gratification in the form of shopping or food.
These things can draw us in so close, that sometimes we don’t sense the warning in the warmth.
Temptation is not a sin, but it’s a well-decorated gateway to it.
This week take inventory of the things that give you a false sense of warmth. And then put out the fire.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
-1 Corinthians 10:13