Educating for the Lived Gospel #287

God tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it. (James 1:13-14)

Humans can seek to deflect the blame of an action or situation – what I have heard referred to as ‘deny, blame, justify’. Who better to blame than God? ‘God made me this way’. One problem with this is that there is no place for free will – what about my choices? I do not believe in a God who is master puppeteer.

Whatever my desires are – for food, for intimacy – it is how we channel those desires. We need food to survive. Yet, when we over-eat is there some other hole we are trying to fill? We each crave for intimacy. There are many ways this can be sated. We are made in the image of God who is love. This is why we are most satisfied in relationships where there is mutual giving and receiving of love. We are hard-wired to connect with others so that it is about we not me.

Have a great week!

Patrick

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