Suffering in Temptation

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We do not suffer when we yield to temptation. The flesh takes pleasure in the things by which it is tempted. Jesus suffered, being tempted, and is able to succor them that are tempted. So the saint also suffers when, in the light of the Holy Ghost, and the spirit of obedience, the attacks of the enemy, whether subtle or persecuting, are resisted. The new man needs succor, not the flesh, but against it rather, in order to mortify all the members of the old man. Besides, the more faithful the heart, the more full of love to God, and the less it has of that hardness which is the result of intercourse with the world, the more it will suffer. Now, there was no hardness in Jesus. His faithfulness and his love were equally perfect. He was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief and weariness. He suffered, being tempted.