Even if you live by a moral code, you will face challenges to your convictions. Temptation found Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It found Jesus in the wilderness. And it will find you—likely when you’re at your most vulnerable point. You might as well heed this advice from Proverbs and prepare yourself to face temptation:
“Obey the teaching of your parents—always keep it in mind and never forget it. Their teaching will guide you when you walk, protect you when you sleep, and talk to you when you are awake. The Law of the Lord is a lamp, and its teachings shine brightly. Correction and self-control will lead you through life” (Proverbs 6:20–23, CEV).
As the author of Proverbs 6 recommended, meditating on the principles that form the core of who you are and who you should be is a great first step in resisting temptation. For the ancient Israelites, those core guiding principles were found in Scripture. A great many people still find the practice of reflection to be a helpful tool.
Here are some other useful strategies: 1. Recognize where you are vulnerable. 2. Practice your escape routes. 3 .Enlist the assistance of others. 4. Celebrate your victories, but not too much. 5. Learn from your failures.