A temptation is an impulse given to the will by the flesh, the world, or the devil to commit sin. The flesh tempts man in three ways:
(1) by the concupiscence of the eyes to seek the riches, pleasures, and comforts of life;
(2) by the concupiscence of the flesh to indulge in sensual gratifications;
(3) by the pride of life to seek worldly honor, fame, and influence.
The world tempts man in two ways:
(1) by inspiring him with slavish fear or human respect;
(2) by pandering to his passions.
The devil usually tempts man
(1) by intensifying the allurements of the flesh and the world;
(2) by inciting his carnal appetites to evil.
God permits man to be tempted
(1) to test his good will;
(2) to ground him in humility;
(3) to stimulate his fervor;
(4) to detach him from earthly things and center his affections on spiritual things;
(5) to give his virtue a healthy growth;
(6) to give him an opportunity of merit and reward;
(7) to teach him to advance in the spiritual life.