Our attitude toward temptation as something external and evil induces us to form a wrong attitude toward it. I have come to regard temptation as something different. As a source of revelation of something defective in the soul.
Imagine a dam around a city. The ramparts appear impenetrable and stalwart. But to identify defects, liquid is helpful. When it floods, where the wall leaks is where there are holes that need filling. Temptation is just the liquid that reveals where the defects and holes are in the soul that need fortification.
Temptation shows the soul that the appearance of its impenetrability is only the vanity of a superficial assessment of itself. Ergo, the issue is not really the temptation itself, but the defect and fault in the soul that invites the liquid to flood into the city.
When I view my life in this way, the struggles connected with inner conquest becomes one of personal tutelage. For a person with no holes in their walls have no leaking, despite the presence of the floodwater. So when our walls are leaking, blaming the floodwater is not helpful. The issue are the holes in our walls, and thus our defective conceptual construction.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah