Sermon Illustrations

There is a space between the moment something happens and how we respond. Those who are mature emotionally have worked to make that space larger so that we can choose are responses. We can choose how we respond to temptation: to not continue a conversation that is engaged in gossip, to not pull the trigger (whether it is a literal gun or the tongue), to not stab someone in the back, to not lie or fudge the truth. God has given us the will to choose the right thing to do and the Spirit to help us. If a prostitute walks up to one of us, we don’t say, “Oh well, I can’t help myself. I have no choice but to do this.” We do have choice.