“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Paul wrote this letter to the church at Corinth to encourage them to return to the healthy Christians lives from which they had strayed.
When Paul had first arrived at Corinth to preach the good news of Jesus, he found a city known for drunkenness, idolatry, fighting and a lack of love for one another. That was no surprise, they didn’t know Jesus.
Paul stayed their 18 months and many Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) came to Christ. The Corinthian church became known for the healthy changes they made, devotion to Christ and love for one another.
There were many temptations in the city of Corinth for the young Corinthian believers. Paul wrote to encourage them that God knew all about this and God had provided all they would need to resist these temptations. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Paul wrote that these temptations are the same ones that have plagued mankind since the beginning. The important thing to remember is not how hard the temptations are to resist, but how faithful God is to provide a way of escape from the most difficult temptation.
In today’s world, our children will come up against many of the same temptations that the Corinthians did. We can remind them that the same God who was faithful in Paul’s day, is faithful today to give them what they need to resist these temptations.
Now you know the story behind 1 Corinthians 10:13.
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