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Thought For Today: Temptation

Thought For Today: Martin Kirkbride

Manfred von Richthofen, the famous German First World War fighter pilot,is better known as the Red Baron because he flew a distinctive a distinctive red aircraft. He shot down more combat planes than anyone else on either side in the first World war. His known kill tally was 80.

On 21st April 1918, he began chasing a Canadian plane - that was trying to escape the battle over the Mor-lan-court Ridge, near the river Somme. As the Red Baron pursued his prey, he strayed behind Allied lines. Intent on getting his ‘kill’ he dived too low into the enemy lines and failed to see a Canadian pilot (Arthur) “Roy” Brown coming up on his tail to help his comrade.

We will never know whether it was a shot from the ground - or a shot from Brown that killed Richthofen. But what we do know is that the “Red Baron” came to his end because, as the official report succinctly stated, he made the mistake of pursuing that Allied ‘plane “too long, too far, and too low into enemy territory”.

And many committed Christians have been shot down because they have followed temptation for too long, too far, and too low into enemy territory.

And as with Richthofen – they are then caught unawares and then have to deal with the consequences.

Sin is a very enticing enemy, temptation can be a captivating attraction. But there are always consequences and the consequences of surrendering to temptation may takes us further than we ever wanted to go, costs more than we were ever willing to pay, and hurts more than we ever dreamed it would.

If that all sounds hopeless and depressing, there is good news of the antidote in 1 Corinthians 10:13

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