The conversation surrounding the struggles of Christians needs to change. We do those struggling a great disservice when we teach them to expect to never be tempted by their struggles ever again.
Here's the thing: We are whole. We are cleansed. We have strength in Christ Jesus. We are free from sin. However, as long as we love in this broken world, we will never, ever be free from temptation. Yes, we can escape from temptations (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13). Yes, we can resist temptation and avoid the sin it leads to (James 1:14, 15). But we will never, ever be in a place where there will be no temptation until we reach Heaven - one of the major reasons I, for one, long for that eternal rest.
The best thing we can do for those who are struggling isn't to tell them that they can overcome for good this side of Heaven, but rather to teach them how to overcome daily and teach them how to pick themselves up if they do fall. It's not about minimalising sin, but rather about never underestimating temptations. If we think we are beyond temptations, then God says that is the time when we are really in trouble (1 Corinthians 10:12). How to be prepared to deal with your own unique set of temptations (because those temptations WILL come) is one of the best lessons you can learn, and one of the best skills you can help to equip others with.
Yes, there is victory. Yes, we can overcome daily. But ultimate and complete victory will only be ours once we reach that eternal home of the soul and rest with God. There, temptations will no longer plague us.
That is why we fight now - so we can rest later. Everyday we fight to overcome, overcome, and overcome again.
Seek His strength in your moments of weaknesses. He is able to deliver you. He wants to give you rest.
On his earth, there will always be temptations - but there will always, always be a way of escape.
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