When we do things we shouldn’t – and we know we shouldn’t do them – our favorite fallback is to say, ‘the devil made me do it’. And since the only two influences we have in life are God or the devil, that is somewhat true.
But we can’t really blame the devil for something we do because God has given us a free spirit whereby we have the ability to choose. In everything we do in life, we can choose to do or not do it. The devil influences us or “tempts” us but we CAN choose not to do it. We CAN choose to listen to the small, still voice inside us which is God’s Spirit, and follow that instead.
And sometimes we feel as if we can justify our actions by our emotions and choose to do the wrong thing because we’re afraid of what might happen if we stand for what is right. But we should never be afraid to do what is right because:
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.