In Christian usage, any incitement to sin arising from the world (the actions or inducements of others), the flesh (our own weaknesses and desires), and the devil (suggestions by the fallen angels). According to Scripture, God allows us to be tempted, but never beyond our powers to resist with the help of His grace (cf. 1 Cor 10:13). The trial of temptation provides the occasion for moral and spiritual growth. Fidelity to the practices of the Faith and perseverance in prayer afford the chief means by which one is strengthened against temptation.
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