Job, of the Old Testament, states that the life of man is to be in constant battle.
“The life of man upon earth is a warfare… (militia est vita hominis super terram…)” [The Book Of Job Chapter 7 Verse 1]
Many people erroneously think that being tempted is bad. Serving God, which is our duty, doesn’t consist in our never being tempted. In fact, God allows us to be tempted to test our worthiness and our love to do His will. When we are tempted we must never consent to engage in evil tendencies or to corrupt passions.
The Dominican Cardinal Hugo of Saint-Cher said:
God has placed us here below, in order that, combating our evil inclinations, we may gain an immortal crown.
Life is a test. It is a test to see if we are worthy of entering Heaven.
Let us always keep this purpose of ours ‘close at mind.’
For those who excuse their bad behavior by saying, “I have an evil nature,” realize that God has given us our nature so that we may subdue, squash, conquer and triumph over it and thereby win a great reward in heaven.
St. Jerome had a great temptation toward lust. He fought against this temptation and won.
There are many Saints in heaven who experienced similar or worse temptations than you do, learn from their examples by studying their lives and using their successes as encouragement for you to do the same.
Remember, important and great things must be obtained with great effort. That effort, needed to overcome your temptations, is the cross that you must bear. Pick it up, and ask for the graces necessary to carry it and all your other crosses, in perseverence until you have successfully passed your test.
When your temptations are great, remember that you are obliged to overcome them in order to attain spiritual perfection. “Labor as a good soldier of Christ Jesus .(Labora sicut bonus miles Christi Jesu.) For he also that striveth for the mastery is not crowned, except he strive lawfully. (nam et qui certat in agone non coronatur nisi legitime certaverit.)” [2 Timothy Chapter 2 Verses 3 & 5]