No matter what, everyone probably knows what temptation is. Let’s say you’re allergic to nearly every single type of ice cream in the world. You’re sitting outside when the ice cream truck goes by. Whoa; serious temptation! Giving in to it would mean getting ice cream. Being strong would mean ignoring it. This is a little temptation that I’m sure everyone’s probably felt. Only this one doesn’t have very big consequences. Some do; we have to learn to ignore those too.

Christians face a lot of temptations. The temptation to not read your bible, to shout at someone—and not in a good way; frankly, anything you know you shouldn’t do but want to do anyway.

Some people think that when you become a Christian, you are suddenly plagued by temptations. I guess you are, but even if you aren’t a Christian, you get plagued by temptations anyway. But if you’re a Christian, that just means you’ll have different temptations. If you don’t believe in God, you won’t have the temptation to not read the Bible, since you don’t anyway. If you hate ice cream, you won’t be tempted by my earlier example.

But back to what temptation is, exactly. Temptation is Satan, trying to get you to disobey God. It could be God, testing you. Either way, temptation is a bad thing—feeling the urge to do something you know you shouldn’t do.

Sometimes, you might look back and wonder, “Why did I do that?” A temptation is often doing something you shouldn’t do for a fleeting pleasure. Don’t give in; it’s not worth it.