Our Daily Homily
Out of the eater came forth meat. Judges 14:14.
Young lions roar at the saints. The lion of hell gives them no little trouble. Though he may not come upon the path of holiness - for no lion shall be there - yet he comes very near it. "He goeth about like a roaring line." Temptation may well be compared to the attack on Samson by the young lion of Timnath.
The lion's carcase, lying where Samson had rent and cast it, became the home of honey-bees. And as the hero went back to look at it in after-days, he obtained meat and sweetness.
How apt the parable! Every conquered temptation yields these two things - strength and sweetness. We are more than conquerors, not only vanquishing the foe, but dividing the spoils of victory.
It yields strength. - Each time we overcome sin, the strength of the temptation passes into our hearts; as the Indian warrior supposes that the might of each warrior whom he levels to the dust, enters into himself. To resist impatience, makes us more patient in proportion to the strength of the temptation we resist. "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord bath promised to them that love Him."
It gives sweetness. - There is a new gentleness to those who have been tempted; a humility, a modesty, a consciousness of the presence of God, through whom the victory has been secured; a new zest for the Word of God. How sweet are thy words to my taste! sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. The life that is hid with Christ in God is full of sweetness and gentleness."The fruit of the Spirit is gentleness."
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