The Poor Caitiff. Chapter Five: Of Temptation or Virtuous Patience

When thou are tempted or troubled, think upon the remedy that our Saviour saith in his gospel, Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation. He saith not, Pray that you are not tempted. For it is good and profitable to good men to be tempted and troubled, as is shown by what the prophet saith, To him that is tempted and troubled, God saith, I am with him in tribulation; I shall deliver him, and shall glorify him. Let no man think himself to be holy because he is not tempted, for the holiest and highest in life have the most temptations. How much the higher a hill is, so much is the wind there greater; so, how much higher the life is, so much stronger is the temptation of the enemy.

By John Wycliffe

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