by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
St. Gregory lived in the 6th century. His name might be more famous for Gregorian chant. He was also a preacher and in one of his sermons on temptation points out three moments in temptation: the suggestion from without, the sensible delectation experienced from it, and finally, the consent that is given in sin.
This is an all too familiar pattern. First comes the fleeting idea of some sort of rebellion against God. Rather than letting it pass on, our human tendency is to “entertain the idea,” often too long. (Think of Eve.)
We engage the thought and begin to live it out in our minds. When that happens, we’re hooked. From that step to engaging in it, whatever it may be, is usually not far away. That is why the Scriptures tell us to “flee” from the situation.
Spend no time reflecting; the warning has been sounded! Conversations with temptation are never a good idea!